Conclusion: Mild Multilevel Thoracic Spondylosis and Degenerative Disc Disease. No Significant resulting levels of canal or foraminal stenosis or cord compression. I have a lot of spine problems,Cervical, Lumbar and Fybromyalgia . Has anyone ever got disability for spine problems?
11 Jun 2013
Disc osteophyte complex occurs when more than one spinal vertebra or intervertebral disc is affected by osteophytes, which are more commonly referred to as bone spurs. When your spine begins to weaken, either due to aging, degenerative diseases, obesity, improper use, or overexertion, your body tries to produce extra nodules of bone (this is the osteoblastic, or “bone growth” process), both to reinforce the structural integrity of the spine and to limit the spine’s mobility. Many individuals develop bone spurs and never experience pain. However, if the bone spurs interfere with neural (nerve) activity, as is often the case with disc osteophyte complex, a variety of uncomfortable symptoms can present.
When disc osteophyte complex develops and a series of bone spurs forms on multiple vertebrae, the space surrounding the intervertebral discs becomes compressed and there is a danger of the osteophytes in the spine exerting pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord. It is this neural compression that causes symptoms like localized pain, pain that radiates to the extremities, tingling, numbness, or a pins-and-needles sensation. According to your results though, it doesnt appear that any compression is happening
Spondylosis is a medical term that is sometimes used by doctors to broadly refer to various forms of spinal degeneration that occur during the normal aging process. Other doctors use the term more specifically to refer to the presence of spinal osteoarthritis, a condition characterized by deterioration of cartilage that covers the facet joints in the spine. These joints are located in between individual vertebrae and help provide the spine with the ability to bend, twist, and flex.
From what is written your problems look pretty mild (but that doesnt mean they are not painful!) There is no significant pressure on your spinal cord, and the bony canal that the spinal cord runs through is not narrowed.
People can get disability for spinal problems and you can certainly try but from what I see here, it looks like most of what you have is just an aging spine.with some bone spurs, some decrease in the height of the cushions between the vertebrae. For patients who experience painful symptoms due to disc osteophyte complex, a regimen of conservative, non-surgical treatment, such as physical therapy, analgesics (pain medication), or anti-inflammatory drugs, is generally enough to manage the discomfort. In severe cases or if symptoms become chronic (lasting three months or longer), your doctor may recommend surgery. Traditionally, surgery for osteophytes has involved general anesthesia, hospitalization, and lengthy recovery periods. Not every spondylosis patient will experience symptoms. Pain, muscle weakness, tingling, and numbness can arise if spinal degeneration leads to the development of an anatomical abnormality (bulging or herniated disc, calcified ligaments, bone spurs, etc.) that comes into contact with the spinal cord or one of its nerve roots (not happening in your case). A patient with spinal arthritis also may experience neck or back pain, stiffness, inflammation, and a reduced range of motion. Treatment for these symptoms generally begins with conservative (nonsurgical) options, such as pain medication, hot/cold therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy. In the event symptoms persist after several weeks or months, a doctor may recommend surgery.
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