NisharMemberFebruary 23, 2013 at 5:53 pmPost count: 1
The following is Mom’s MRI Scan report. She is 48 years old and diabetic (type 2). Our doctor has suggested below medicines for 3 weeks.
Combination: Cyclobenzaprine 15 mg, aceclofenac 200 mg.
Combination: Methylcobalamin-500 mcg, Gabapentin-300 mg
If pain doesn’t go in 3 weeks, he advised for surgery. I am not sure whether he is right. Please advise.
MRI CERVICAL SPINE – PLAIN STUDY
T1 & T2 Sagittal and axial images:
> Spondylotic changes are present
> Normal Curvature is altered
> C5-6 Disc space is relatively narrowed
> Signal intensity if intervertebral discs is decreased
> CV junction appears normal
> There is mild posterior bulge of C5-6 disc indenting on thecal sac
> Spinal canal and intervertebral foraminae are normal
> Cord and nerve roots appear normal
> Paravertebral Soft tissues are normal
1. Cervical spondylosis with altered curvature and dehydration changes of intervertebral discs
2. Posterior bulge of C5-6 disc indenting on thecal sacDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorFebruary 23, 2013 at 11:52 pmPost count: 8583
There is nothing on this MRI that immediately concerns me. If this was my patient, I would first have them complete a full rehabilitation program and possibly use epidural steroids. If that failed, a surgical work-up could be considered. Surgery is only indicated if pain is out of control, the patient has failed rehab and the pain generator is identified.
Medications do help with the recovery but are only one of the various treatments methods available.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE 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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