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MRI report shows diffuse disc dessication at all cervical inter-vertebral discs, straightening of dorso-lumbar spine. Treatment?

what does this imply in mri report--diffuse disc desiccation of all cervical intervertebral discs with evidence of large posterior central and right paracentral degenerative disc protrusion seen at c5-c6 causing significant thecal sac and right neural foramina indentation..straightening of dorsolumbar spine noted.what are the effects and the treatment?email;;;; YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.

Usually, the spinal cord and nerve roots are protected within the spinal canal. The spinal canal is guarded by the vertebrae which separated from one another by a cushion like intervertebral discs. With age, degenerative changes occur which leads to disc prolapse and spinal cord/nerve root compression.

The herniated discs compresses spinal nerves or spinal cord. Symptoms are experienced along the area of distribution/path of that particular nerve. This has happened at level of C5-C6 in your case.

Treatment includes
1. Use of cervical collar helps in immobilisation and brings relief.

2. Medical drugs like pain killers - acetaminophen/ibuprofen and muscle relaxants might be helpful.

3. Methylcobalamin supplements are also recommended for nerve compression symptoms.

4. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.

5. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.

6. You can avoid using a pillow/ watching TV or working on computer.
Avoid prolonged sitting / leaning forward/ 2 wheeler driving for long distances.

A course of Muscle relaxants, interferential therapy (IFT) and/or Intermittent Cervical Traction (ICT) for a week followed by exercises will help you

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Tue, 8 Jul 2014
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