A diagnosis needs to be made through a thorough history and physical examination, confirmed (or denied) by imaging studies and possible further studies (Consults, EMG/NCV-see website).
The MRI does not “live in a bubble”. The images do not immediately lead to a suspicious diagnosis. The nerves that go down into the hands (C6-T1) come out through the C5-6 through C7-T1 levels. There are no significant compressive lessons at those levels but I do not like to interpret images through someone else’s eyes.
Entrapment neuropathies or peripheral neuropathies can also occur. See the website for a complete understanding of these disorders.
You need to see an experienced meticulous diagnostician to uncover the source of symptoms.
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.