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Cervical Spine MRI

Hello all, I am after some advice about my cervical spine MRI results. I was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2012 and sustained a suspected left sided nerve injury. I have wasting of my left supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles. I have constant neck pain which travels to both shoulders and arms.

I have had 3 MRI's of my cervical spine with 3 differed opinions. The first MRI stated my cervical spine was unremarkable. The second said I had a slight disc bulge at c5/6. The third and latest MRI States I have "a very subtle sub 3mm osteodiscal elevation of the interior theca, with early uncovertebral osteophytic change. The neural exits have minimal narrowing."

I have seen my doctor who states my cervical spine is ok and can't explain my symptoms. Can anyone help me understand my latest MRI results? Or can offer any advice.




  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thank you. I was only after clarification on what my latest results meant? There were some big words in there which I cannot find on the internet. I didn't require anyone to interpret my scans. If this breaches the rules I apologise.
  • First I am surprised that if you use insurance that you could get them to fork on the money to take 3 MRI's. I have had challenges at times to get multiple MRI's for different body parts let alone the same location.
    As far as reading MRI's, yes you do want the medical professionals to read them and interrupt the results. However, you should not be surprised that someone reading the MRI might list multiple things that may or may not be causing your problem. Almost anyone in their middle ages will have something show on an MRI. Some doctors don't say things in their reports about things they don't consider significant (unremarkable).
    My opinion for you is that you should work with your doctor in setting up a treatment plan. Most likely if they follow a conservative approach they would use physical therapy, if that doesn't work, injections. At some point they will want to have MRI results and other physical symptoms that map to each other.
    Pain is a difficult thing to deal with. Even with MRI's that clearly show issues, there are those that will want to claim that the patient has fabricated the pain in their head and won't take them seriously. You can read many such stories on this forum. I am sure that there are those that do fabricate symptoms in their head, but I don't think everyone and maybe most who claim about pain are making their stories up.
    In order to address your pain and any potential problems, you will need to find the right medical professionals to work with you. If you have not already seen a spine specialist, you may want to do so. They may send you to a PT or Pain Management specialist. Regular medical professionals mean well, but they don't always understand spinal and pain related issues.
  • Thank you for responding. I'm seeing another specialist next month and hopefully we can sort something out. I have also had 3 nerve conduction studies which show chronic denervation of my supra scapular nerve. Thank you again for taking the time to respond.
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