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MRI list C2-3 Severe right facet joint degenerative

cloud23ccloud23 Posts: 1
edited 01/21/2016 - 11:19 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Have had chronic neck pain for over 3 years now and after PT, Chiro, Massages, Acupuncture finally got an MRI done with new doctors recommendation. I have found PT exercise with monthly massages to be the most effective treatment and have lately felt much better with increased stretching and exercise. My doctor has referred me to an orthopedic doctor for consultation regarding MRI results....has anyone had a similar MRI results and what was the action plan or treatment recommended. Daily pain is moderate and basically feel achy and stiff....but hot baths, massages and exercise makes me feel better...take aleve occasionally when pain increases.

The MRI results listed below:

PROCEDURE: MR Spine Cervical WO Contrast

HISTORY:39-year-old woman with chronic neck pain and intermittent numbness in the left hand.


TECHNIQUE: Sagittal T2 and T1 turbo spin echo, bilateral T2 sagittal oblique, and axial MEDIC and 3-D T2 turbo spin echo images of the cervical spine were acquired.

FINDINGS: The vertebral body heights are maintained, and vertebral alignment is within normal limits. The cervical lordosis is preserved. The intervertebral disc heights are maintained, although several of the intervertebral discs demonstrate some loss
of T2 signal, consistent with mild disc degeneration. No areas of worrisome marrow signal abnormality are noted.

The visible portions of the spinal cord demonstrate appropriate contour, caliber, and signal characteristics.

C2-3: Severe right facet joint degenerative changes are seen. There is at least moderate, if not moderate to severe, right neural foraminal stenosis. The left neural foramen is patent.

C3-4: There are mild bilateral facet joint degenerative changes. No significant spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis is seen.

C4-5: There is a small posterior disc bulge with mild bilateral facet joint degenerative changes. No significant spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis is seen.

C5-6: There is a small posterior disc bulge with mild bilateral facet joint degenerative changes. No significant spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis is seen.

C6-7: There is a minimal posterior disc bulge. No significant spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis is seen.

C7-T1: No significant spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis is seen.

Scattered prominent lymph nodes in the upper neck are presumed to be reactive.


Severe right facet joint degenerative changes at C2-3 resulting in at least moderate, if not moderate to severe, right neural foraminal stenosis. Mild degenerative changes are noted at a few other levels, and there is no significant spinal canal or
neural foraminal stenosis at these levels.

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  • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
    MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
    SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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