... 7 months ago I had my first spine surgery and hopefully my last. I turned 57 last July, was an RN for almost 35 years. When I was 19 and a student nurse, on my physical exam the Dr. found I had scoliosis (right curve) of thoracic spine. I went to a specialist and curve measured 23 degrees. Dr. told my mom it wouldn't progress, now this was 1979. Fast forward to 2001 I was... (2 replies)
... The next level down has some of those bony growths called osteophytes and some signs of arthritic changes such as the ligament that holds the spinal segments together that is losing its elasticity and is hardening. ... (12 replies)
Osteophtes are bone spurs; in your case, that protrude toward the back of your spine in the low back area. Bone spurs are usually a sign of arthritis. (3 replies)
... posterior osteophytes is the narrowing of the spinal canal. ... (3 replies)
... hello I am from Mumbai , India . I am havin problem of loss of normal lordosis suggestive of muscle spasm and small posterior oste4ophytes in L3 , L4 please give me some information about it as I am having low back pain. ... (3 replies)
... what is small posterior osteophytes in L3, L4, L5 (3 replies)
... Wow your information was helpful... I am hoping you can break my MRI down as well and tell me if surgery is an option for me...
FINDINGS: There is straightening of the normally observed cervical lordosis and diffuse cervical disc dehydration dhange. The posterior fossa is clear. Discogenic changes in the midcervical spine are most pronounced, characterized by endplate... (6 replies)
... ynovial joints in the body like the knee, ankle, elbow, etc. When there is disc degeneration, the facet joints often show signs of enlargement, develop fluid or osteophytes as a way to try to stabilize the spinal segment. ... (3 replies)
... Disc and osteophytes result in mild narrowing of the neural foramina at several levels as discussed above. ... (0 replies)
... TECHNIQUE: Sagittal TI and T2-weighted sequences were performed. Axial T1 and T2-weighted
sequences were performed.
FINDINGS: The lumbar vertebral bodies demonstrate normal height, alignment and signal intensity. Mild
scoliosis is noted. The conus medullaris appears normal in position and signal intensity.
The L 1-2 and L2-3 levels do not demonstrate evidence of... (0 replies)
... Welcome to the board. I am sorry you are in pain and having problems with your spine. I hope you will talk with your doctor as I doubt you should be on all that medication when pregnant.
The L5-S1 segment is the last of the movable spinal segments (there are sacral vertebrae and discs but in almost all people they are fused together naturally) and it can get roughed up... (2 replies)
... Findings: modic type 2 changes in l5-s1. Otherwise no abnormal marrow signal. Disc dessication at l2-l3 andl5-s1. Conus appropriately sighted at L1. Some loss of fat in the foramen of L5 s1 on the right side. No obvious comprise of the l5 root. On the left side nerve root is displaced posteriorly. At l5 -s1 generalised disc bulge. This disc bulge in combination with... (2 replies)
... Hello, I'm new to this board. I see others post reports and ask for help interpreting them. I ask you the same for my report below. Thank you in advance.
Although the bone marrow signal is somewhat heterogenous, more confluent diffuse low T1 low T2 signal is noted to the L5 vertebral body and sacrum. The conus terminates at L1.
Susceptibility... (0 replies)
... arthritis in the joints, in this case, of the lumbar spine. It can cause the growth of little osteophytes that increase the size of the joints. When this happens it can create stenosis in the foramen or the central canal. ... (5 replies)
... Interesting. You have what I would consider a significant finding mentioned in the X-ray but not mentioned in the MRI. However, the reporter is not entirely sure and suggests that "clinical correlation would be useful." The finding is the following:
There appears to be a transitional lumbosacral segment. There is articulation of the left transitional sacral segment,... (3 replies)
... osteophyte abut exiting nerve roots. Osteophytes on right slightly progressed. There are some edematous endplate changes. ... (0 replies)
... While it looks like there are many issues, you will note that many of them are described as "mild." In the language of the MRI report, there are standardized adjectives that are used to describe "how bad" a particular issue is. The words used are minimal, mild, moderate and severe.
Doctors tend to ignore the first two categories. They are worth noting on a report as the... (2 replies)
... 1. slight retrolisthesis of L1 vertebral body relative to L2. Lumbar AP vertical alightment stature and marrow signal intensity otherwise within limits.
2. Multilevel lumbar disc degeneration and generalized disc bulging at all lumbar levels, more pronounced at L1-L2. There is mild to moderate ventral sac deformity.
3. Mild central canal stenosis L3-L4, L4-L5 due to bulging... (2 replies)
... Welcome to the board.
Is this your first MRI? As you read comments on this board, keep in mind we do not have formal medical training, but participate as fellow back sufferers to share information and experience.
The MRI is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. The spine specialist will correlate its findings to what is found upon physical exam, basic neurologic... (1 replies)
... there are posterolateral osteophytes and a 2. ... (11 replies)