Re: MRI results help to understand
The of Luschka are the uncovertebral joints. These are the lateral aspect of the vertebral body and has a projection called the (uncinate process). As our disks become dried out and shrunk these projections start rubbing on the body of the next vertebra. This rubbing will results in a degenerative joint change, causing a rounding of the surface - called the joint of Luschka. So then bone spurs grow and start compressing nerve roots and causing radicular (shooting or referred) symptoms.
So in laymens terms you have arthritis growing in there causing larger ridges of bone spurs narrowing the canals the nerve roots pass through as they go on to our body in this case arms, and that is why you have tingling, pain etc.. For this type stuff they tend to try conservative therapy like rest, ice, heat, nsaids, medications, physical therapy and sometimes injections. When all else fails and pain is to great to live with they may do surgery to clean it out.
On your leg/butt pain- that is very common for L4,L5,S1 problems. In fact I am dealing with lots of this myself right now. You have some bulges in there and they do not need to be compressing the nerve all the time to be causing inflammation and pain. You might inquire with the doctor about trying epidural injections if the pain continues. They are found to be very effective for the lumbar problems. I use lots of ice/and heat and cycles of injections.
When you say pain do you mean high level pain or just a low level nagging pain? Try everything you can before any surgeries! If you want to see the paths these nerves take look for something called a Dermatome Map and it will compare the level you have a problem like L5 and show you where the nerve path runs.
Chiro might make yourself worse. You sould see a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeron for a consult and get their opinion.
Last edited by PNo; 01-08-2010 at 07:53 PM.