Ben2480ParticipantDecember 10, 2017 at 10:44 amPost count: 11
Thanks for the reply. I am posting my MRI images here.
So in my case is the epidural injection the best possible treatment for now? Also will it prevent my back spasms when I get more active like playing sports?
Do you think based on the image of my neck MRI, I should get a detailed cervical scan?
Thanks again for all your help and support.
Ben2480ParticipantDecember 10, 2017 at 11:05 amPost count: 11Ben2480ParticipantDecember 10, 2017 at 11:26 amPost count: 11Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorDecember 17, 2017 at 5:29 amPost count: 6457
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L5-S1 has a mildly degenerative disc with a posterior disc herniation at the left compressing the S1 nerve. You might have symptoms of an S1 radiculopathy. See https://neckandback.com/conditions/symptoms-of-lumbar-nerve-injuries/.
Your cervical spine has left foraminal stenosis at C3-4 but not central stenosis. You might have a C4 radiculopathy. See https://neckandback.com/conditions/symptoms-of-cervical-nerve-injuries/.
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.If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!Ben2480ParticipantDecember 22, 2017 at 6:07 pmPost count: 11
Hello Dr Corenman
Thanks for looking into my MRI. My neurosurgeon has given me gabapentin. Few more questions please, based on my MRI, do you think I should be worried about my cervical spine, I mean about spinal cord getting damaged? Can this cause any symptoms in legs? The osteophytes, I understand will not resolve on its own. I am doing neck exercises now. Will it prevent further osteophyte growth? Can I play sports (badminton and tennis) with out any restrictions?
As always thanks for all your advice. Wish you a merry Christmas.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorDecember 23, 2017 at 10:24 amPost count: 6457
Due to your mild central narrowing of the cervical spine, you have a very small chance of cord injury (central cord syndrome) with a high speed fall onto your forehead. If you don’t barrel down a slope on a bike or snow ski at Mach 1, the chance of injury is much smaller.
Osteophytes are caused by degeneration and activity. Exercise will not make them smaller.
Rotation/impact sports can increase degenerative changes. You can still play tennis and badminton with a small chance of progressive lumbar disc degeneration.
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.If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!
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