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MRI Results on Cervical Spine

01/27/2009

Question:

I don`t fully understand my MRI Report. "At C5-C6, there is a disc osteophyte complex that mildly narrows the central canal, indents the anterior aspect of the cord and mildly affects the left lateral process. This does not affect the neural foramina. Other associated findings at this level include reversal of the normal lordotic curve as well as hypertrophic changes of the uncovertebral and facet joints." I know this explains my weakness/soreness and tingling in my left arm I`ve had for the last year, but how will physical therapy help that?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health but cannot interpret testing results, diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your condition, 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