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Spine and Back Health

Subjective osteopenia

05/30/2008

Question:

I had a cervical spine MRI done. It read: moderate degenerative change C5-C6 and moderately severe change at C6-C7 with anterior and posterior osteophytes, mild disc height loss and endplate sclerosis. Please can you explain? Thank you.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health, but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your testing results, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the testing results you've been given or the risks, benefits, and alternatives for proposed treatments of this condition need to be directed to your treating physician(s). You should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment. If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you should get a second opinion. Take care.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University