was told today that i have mild-moderate narroweing of the c5-c6 disc where there is an associated left paracentral-foraminal small disc protrusion, whick causes mild left paracentral spinal stenosis as well as slight compression to the left aspect of the spinal cord. what does this mean in laymans terms, and what can or should be done for it?
The C5/6 disc is herniated, it has herniated into the foramin and has a slight compression of the cord. That's the main cause of what the finding are. The foramin are the holes between the veterbae where the nerve exit the spine to your arms. Stenosis in the narrowing of or the pinching of the nerve either in the spinal canal or the foramin. You should have left arm pain maybe numbness and tingling. there could be mid back pain from the pressure on the cord, but it is slight and may not be causing much pain. How do you feel, describe you symptoms? You might benefit from spinal decompression or traction. Cold laser therapy will help muscles and soft tissue. How long has this been going on? If the therapy doesn't help ask if injections will help. Then if needed see a neurosurgeon if all else fails. If this new for you get a grip on this and don't just ignore it, it will get worse if not treated. If it is new you should respond to the conventional treatments and see improvement.
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