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What does the MRI scan report suggest?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: what is a bilateral unconvertebral osteophyte and end plate osteophyte? (C5-6) Also, your interpretation of a non-specific finding that can be seen with muscle spasm - reversal of th4e normal cervical lordosis
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Answered by Dr. Adrian Rawlinson (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Minor MRI findings

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thank you for contacting us. I am happy to answer your questions about your MRI scan.

Bilateral unconvertebral osteophyte and end plate osteophyte essentially means normal 'wear and tear' findings for a 53 year old. Nothing to worry about.

When you have a neck strain or muscle spasm this leads to stiffness in the cervical spine region. This sometimes shows up as a reversal of the normal cervical spine curvature on x ray or MRI. I see such findings very frequently. Generally its nothing serious and responds to treatment.

Treatment might include a combination of the following - heat applications, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxer medications, physical therapy, home exercises and stretches.

I hope this is helpful for you. Please message me back if you have any further questions.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Adrian Rawlinson MD
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What does the MRI scan report suggest?

Brief Answer: Minor MRI findings Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for contacting us. I am happy to answer your questions about your MRI scan. Bilateral unconvertebral osteophyte and end plate osteophyte essentially means normal 'wear and tear' findings for a 53 year old. Nothing to worry about. When you have a neck strain or muscle spasm this leads to stiffness in the cervical spine region. This sometimes shows up as a reversal of the normal cervical spine curvature on x ray or MRI. I see such findings very frequently. Generally its nothing serious and responds to treatment. Treatment might include a combination of the following - heat applications, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxer medications, physical therapy, home exercises and stretches. I hope this is helpful for you. Please message me back if you have any further questions. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Adrian Rawlinson MD