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I received the results from my cervical mri yesterday. I'm currently seeing a chiropractor, but am wondering if I should be seeing a ortho physican. I haven't seen any improvement yet, if anything the pain seems worse.
Here are the mri results.

At C4-5 level, there is a large right paramedian disc protrusion and endplate changes are identified, with anterior dural sac compression and moderate to severe, bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.

At C5-6 level, broad based disc bulge and right posterior disc protrusion is renoted, with anterior dural sac compression, moderate to severe right side and moderate left side neural foraminal stenosis.

At C6-7 level, again there is broad based disc bulge and endplate hypertrophic changes are identified, with anterior dural sac compression and mild to moderate bilateral neural formaminal stenosis.

At C7-T1, bilaterally neural foramen is adequately patent, and there is no significant central canal stenosis.

Impression:
1. Multilevel disc degeneration, disc contour abnormality and related osseous changes are identified, relatively severe at C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 levels, with dural sac compression and neural forminal stenosis as described.
2. Paraspinal soft tissues are normal in signal intensity. The spinal cord is unremarkable.

I was really trying to take in all the information he was giving me, but really all he said that stuck with me is that I really had alot to complain about. Could someone help explain the results to me, and suggest if I should stay with the Chiro for a while or consult with a different dr. Thanks in advance.





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