Back and Neck Injury/MRI Results
Hello, I am in constant pain and having a difficult time working anymore. I was in 2 high impact accidents in 2006 and 2012. I am being treated for Sciatica, radiculopathy and carpal tunnel at this time. Also waiting for surgery for the torn rotator cuff on left shoulder from 2012 accident. MRI Reads as follows:
There is straightening and reversal of the normal cervical lordosis. There is disk desiccation from c2-3 through c6-7.
C3-4: There is bilateral uncovertebral hypertrophy.
c4-5: There is a right paracentral disk protrusion.
c5-6: There is disk osteophyte complex and mild facet arthropathy resulting in mild to moderate central canal stenosis and mild narrowing of the bilateral neural foramen.
c6-7: There is disk osteophyte complex and a superimposed left paracentral disk protrusion. There is mild central canal stenosis and moderate left neual foraminal stenosis.
I had multiple cervical epidurals without any relief. I also have loss of feeling in my left hand between thumb area and occasionally drop things. The pains that shoot down my legs at times is excruciating. I am 45 years old. What does all this mean? and would I be a candidate for permanent disability? I also have a positive straight leg test.
Thank you in advance for your input.
You are not a candidate for permanent disability; you are a candidate for clinical somatic education -- to get rid of the symptoms you are experiences and their causes.
All of those symptoms point to the universal response to injury: to tighten up. In your case, your whole spine from neck to waist.
Your sciatica, pains that shoot down your legs, and numbness in your hand point to that.
Osteophytes (bone spurs) form at the attachments of muscles in a state of high contraction, as a result of pulls and changes of tissue chemistry that cause deposition of bone salts.
Rather than go into details, here, that I've written up, elsewhere, I'm pointing you to articles I have written.
on sciatica | http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm
on whiplash injuries and loss of sensation in hand | http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm
on changes of spinal curvature | http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm
on disc bulges | http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm
on recovery from injury | http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm
These articles cover the bases. The rest is up to you.