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  • Sharondean
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    My cervical mri showed multiple problems. Retrolisthesis of C4, multilevel neural formainal narrowing, cervical spinal degenerative changes and disc bulges at three levels. My pain doctor discussed all this with me but not “the possibility of mass effect on the exiting C5 nerve roots and clinical correlation is recommended “ What does this mean and should it be investigated further?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    “Mass effect” is another technical way of describing “nerve root compression”. Other equivalent terms are “stenosis” or even a “pinched nerve”. Compression of the C5 nerve is described here: https://neckandback.com/conditions/symptoms-of-cervical-nerve-injuries/.

    Depending upon your symptoms and physical examination, this can be pursued. See: https://neckandback.com/treatments/when-to-have-neck-surgery/

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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