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Old 05-08-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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MRI - Report - please help

Had work related back sprain July 2011. Right mid thoracic area. Still having chronic pain from it. Just wondering if the degenerative changes seen in this MRI report could be cause for my problems. The muscles of my back especially the right side have such a hard time with increased activity, they are killing me !!!!!! I am a 36 year old female. Do you think my sprain from last year could have caused any of these changes???


Shows some slight / small disc paracentral disc protrusions basically at T1/T2, T2/3, T4/5, T6/7, T7/8.

It says no significant central canal or foraminal stenosis throughout.

Shows small anterior osteophytes at T/4/5, T5/6, T8/9, T9/10, T11/12

Shows Schmorl's nodes at T6/7, T11/12, T12/L1

States that the vertebral bodies maintain normal height.

A very slight scoliosis in the upper right thoracic spine. Cord is normal. Paravertebral musculature is normal. no abnormal signal in the spinal cord. no abnormal marrow signal on T1.

IMPRESSION: multilevel degenerative changes in the thoracic spine including anterior osteophytes, mild disc protrusions, Schmorl's nodes. None of the degenerative changes resulting in any significant central canal or foraminal stenosis.

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Old 05-08-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Let me start with the disclaimer that I have no medical training, so my comments are just based on what I have learned being a fellow spiney! I'm sure you will be asking your doctor these same questions...but while you are waiting to get in, my guess is that your pain is not coming from whatever injury you sustained at work. Your MRI is what we here on the board would term "good."

The changes on the MRI are typical "wear-and tear" issues that are typical signs of degenerative changes. Now I know you are thinking, "I'm only 36. Why is my spine degenerating already?"

The sad fact is that the human spine begins to show signs of aging in our twenties...and it continues during our whole life. Many people show mild disc bulging on MRI and it is entirely asymptomatic (meaning it isn't causing any pain). A significant finding is when the bulge is pushing on a nerve, causing nerve compression, or is bulging into the neuroforaminal space or the central canal space and causing stenosis. Again, this causes a nerve or nerves to be pinched, and almost always results in pain...either right in the back or radiating out to the limbs...and, you do not have this going on!!

Osteophytes and Schmorl's nodes are similar in that they both come about as a sign of deterioration, and they are both a type of bony overgrowth.

A Smorl's node is an upward and downward protrusion of a spinal disc's soft tissue into the bony tissue of the adjacent vertebrae. They are fairly common, especially when there are other signs of minor degeneration, and are most common in the thoracic and lumbar areas of the spine. Schmorl's nodes usually cause no symptoms, but are an indication that 'wear and tear' of the spine has occurred over time.

I don't know what to say about your sprain, and why it is still giving you pain. Maybe you compensated for the injury, and have been carrying yourself in a way that is causing strain to the muscles and soft tissue. I'm sorry to say I don't know too much about sprains.

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