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Ossicle in soft tissues posterior to cervical spine?

anonyxaanonyx Posts: 1
edited 06/23/2015 - 3:58 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Maybe someone knowledgeable can translate this x-ray report into English for me?

For a couple weeks it’s felt like someone hit me in the back of the head and neck with a crowbar. The pain is sometimes intense and shoots up into the head. Ice and immobilization help.

I was going to get an MRI but the insurance company said I had to get an x-ray first. I got the x-ray on 6/22/15 and the report said this:

“FINDINGS/IMPRESSION: No compression fracture or destructive process.
Vertebral body height and disc height is maintained. An ossicle
projects in the soft tissues posterior to the lower cervical spine.
Oblique views reveal no significant osteophytic encroachment on the
neural foramina. Articular processes align normally.”

I haven’t discussed the report with my doctor yet, but will. From what I can make of it so far, it seems to mean that everything’s pretty much normal and okay. I was wondering about this ossicle in the soft tissues... I see that an ossicle is a small bone. So this means that I have a small bone in the tissues behind the cervical spine? Could this be the cause of my problem? If so, what is the prognosis/treatment for this?

Of course I will be asking my dr. these questions, but would appreciate hearing from others.

There is nobody on the forum medically qualified or permitted to interpret or advice on an MRI or xrays, you will need to discuss the findings with your doctor.

Liz ............ Spine-health moderator

Well, can I ask if anyone has had similar neck problems that were caused by an ossicle? My experience has been that the people who have actually experienced medical conditions often have something useful to say about them that doctors do not. Otherwise, forums would be useless.


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