I am trying to understand the difference between the two. My MRI said I have both.
My PT told me to do some chin tuck exercises to help correct spinal stenosis. She said with forward head posture that the bone on the back side is narrowed. However I thought herniation meant that there is a lack of space in the front (its compressed) ? How could I have both?
These are some of the specifics from the Cervical MRI report:
C3-4: Disc bulge and facet hypertrophy
C4-5: Protrusion. Mild stenosis, joint and facet hypertrophy. Possible contact of nerve rootlet
C5-6: Protrusion. Contact/indentation of ventral cord. Contact of origin of both ventral nerve rootlets. Mild to Moderate exit narrowing.
Moderate to severe central narrowing.
C6-7: Disc bulge. Mild to moderate exit narrowing. Contact at left neural foramen.
C7-T1: Mild facet hypertrophy