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What does this MRI report of the spine indicate?

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Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016
Question: Please explain to me C 4-5 mild right neural foraminal compromise and right para-central disc bulge at
C 5-6 causing right neural foraminal compromise meen to a layman
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
There is disc problem causing pinching of nerves in your neck

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.
Pleae find my observations below.

1. The cervical spine has 7 small bones aligned on top of each other, these are numbered C1 through C7. There are small foramen between these bones. There are spongy discs between these bones, the discs are numbered C2-C3, C4-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7. On the back side of the vertebral column there is a space containing the spinal cord. Nerves come out of the spinal cord and pass through the foramen at the level of the disc and supply different regions.

2. The discs get degenerated and bulge in to the spinal canal. This backward displacement of disc is called disc bulge and it presses on the nerve at the disc level.

3. Therefore you have got the disc bulge at levels C4-C5 and C5-C6 causing pressure on the nerual foramen on right side at these levels. This presssure on neves is causing pinching and symptoms like numbness and tingling. The nnerve pinching in neck region causes symptoms in hands and nerve pinching in lumbar region which is the lower back caues symptoms in legs. Treatment is with physiotherapy and medicines in mild disc problems and many people feel have a quick recovery phase.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

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What does this MRI report of the spine indicate?

Brief Answer: There is disc problem causing pinching of nerves in your neck Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. Pleae find my observations below. 1. The cervical spine has 7 small bones aligned on top of each other, these are numbered C1 through C7. There are small foramen between these bones. There are spongy discs between these bones, the discs are numbered C2-C3, C4-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7. On the back side of the vertebral column there is a space containing the spinal cord. Nerves come out of the spinal cord and pass through the foramen at the level of the disc and supply different regions. 2. The discs get degenerated and bulge in to the spinal canal. This backward displacement of disc is called disc bulge and it presses on the nerve at the disc level. 3. Therefore you have got the disc bulge at levels C4-C5 and C5-C6 causing pressure on the nerual foramen on right side at these levels. This presssure on neves is causing pinching and symptoms like numbness and tingling. The nnerve pinching in neck region causes symptoms in hands and nerve pinching in lumbar region which is the lower back caues symptoms in legs. Treatment is with physiotherapy and medicines in mild disc problems and many people feel have a quick recovery phase. Hope your query is answered. Please do write back if you have any doubts. Regards,