Bone mineral density is within normal limits. Spine is imaged to the
level of the inferior C7 vertebral body with limited evaluation of
the cervicothoracic junction. Straightening of the normal cervical
lordosis. Vertebral body heights are well-maintained. No prevertebral
soft tissue swelling. Degenerative disease with osteophyte formation,
endplate sclerosis, endplate irregularity, most pronounced from
C5-C7. There is slight retrolisthesis of C5 on C6. Mild facet
There is narrowing of the right C5-6 and C6-7 neural foramina and
narrowing of the left C2-3, C3-4, C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7 neural
foramina, most pronounced at C5-6 and C6-7.
IMPRESSION: No acute fracture. Degenerative disc disease and neural
foraminal narrowing, most pronounced from C5-C7.
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Findings Normal cervical vertebral body height and alignment. No bony destructive alterations. Degenerative endplate signal changes most pronounced at C5-6 and C6-7. Intrinsically, the cervical cord appears to be grossly normal. Congenital cervical spinal canal dimensions are normal. Cerebellar tonsils are normally positioned
At C2-3, there may be some left-sided posterior element hypertrophy and at least some narrowing of the left neural foramen.
Bulge/spur particularly to the left at C3-4 with suspected mild to moderate left-sided foraminal stenosis.
Broad-based protrusion with endplate spur at C4-5 effacing the thecal sac and perhaps somewhat flattening the cord with moderate central stenosis. There is posterior element hypertrophy with mild or no more than mild to moderate foraminal narrowing.
Diffuse endplate spur/hard disc at C5-6 effacing the thecal sac with flattening of the cord and moderate central stenosis. Prominent bilateral foraminal narrowing seen
Bulge and endplate/uncovertebral spur at C6-7 particularly prominent out laterally more so on the left with bilateralleft gerater than right foraminal stenosis. On left, this may be fairly severe
very little bulge suspected at C7-T1 with little narrowing
SPONDYLITIC AND DISCOGENIC ALTERATIONS INVOLVING THE CERVICAL SPINE AS DESCRIBED PARTICULARLYAT C5-6 AND C6-7
You have disk bulges at C4-5 and C5-6 that are large enough to have pushed away (effaced) the cerebrospinal fluid from in front of the cord, and to slightly flatten the cord. The radiologist does not seem to be alarmed about this flattening of the cord, so I would guess that this is a situation that may not YET be symptomatic.
At C5-6 and C6-7 you have bone spurs (osteophytes) growing off the vertebral column and into the foraminal openings. If these are large enough, they can impinge on the spinal nerves as they pass through the foramina after leaving the cord.
The worst of this seems to be affecting the left C7 nerve, which would run down the arm and into the middle fingers.
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I'm not saying you'll be OK, and I'm not saying you won't. I'm not qualified to make that kind of judgment. I'm just saying that the radiologist doesn't seem to be alarmed. If there's anything that he's drawing attention to, it's the foraminal narrowing at C6-7, particularly on the left. If the spinal nerve is being impinged upon (radiculopathy), then you might have symptoms down into your middle fingers.
I assume you must have some kind of symptoms, since you went to the trouble of an MRI?
After the doctor order the X-ray's she order the MRI and I do have pain in my arm and in between the middle of my back and my neck. I was figuring and hoping that I am not that bad off yet. My left arm is a lot weaker too. And is this something that will come in the future ? YET be symptomatic.