Originally Posted by kerbear
There is normal signal w/in marrow of cervical & proximal thoracic vertebral bodies. Mild reversal of normal cervical lordosis.
The foramen magnum is patent.
At C5-6 level there is a mild diffuse disc bulge w/ a small left paramedian disc herniation. This comtacts the ventral surface of the spinal cord but does not cause cord compression. Neural foramina are patent.
At C6-7 level there is facet & uncinate process hypertrophy narroeing the left foramen. The right neural foramen is patent.
1)Diffuse disc bulge w/ left paramedian disc herniation at C5-6 level. This contacts left anterolateral surface of cervical spinal cord, does not cause significant canal narrowing or cord compression.
2)Neural foraminal narrowing on left C6-7
At C5-6 you have a herniated disk which, fortunately, does not compress your spinal cord in that area and the neural foramen (where your spinal nerves exit) are open and nothing is pinching any nerves in that area.
At C6-7, it appears you have some bony overgrowth (hypertrophy) of the facet joint (you have two joints at each vertebrae which help your neck move up and down called facet joints) and the bony overgrowth (spur) is narrowing the left exit for your spinal nerves in that area, and can cause pain and dysfunction. It does not appear that you have a herniated disk at the C6-7 level, but some arthritis or spondylosis.
Mild reversal of lordosis, is just a fancy way of saying you have muscle spasms straightening your neck. Normally, the neck is curved or has lordosis.
Unless you are losing function or having unremitting pain in your arm/hands, you should be able to do well with time and PT.
However, you really need to discuss your findings with your doctor. Sometimes, bony spurs contacting spinal nerves, need to be surgically removed, although that should be your last treatment option.
Hope that helps.