Mri Spine

An imaging technique that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce images of the spine and the surrounding tissues is called MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of the spine. It is used to detect bone, ligament, or spinal cord injury after spine injury, to determine the cause of back pain, to assess intervertebral disc and joint diseases, or to see if there is any tumor.

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Is nerve compression seen on my MRI or was it assumed because of pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Ten months after hemilaminectomy at the L4-5 level, I suffered from severe pain in the lower back, which started radiating to the left leg. I have a diagnosis of arachnoiditis, arthritis, and low lying conus with fattening of filum terminale. Due to increasing pain and neuropsychologis...  Read Full »


Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I observed your scan (attachments removed to protect patient identity), and I agree that the conus is low lying at L2-L3 level (normally, it should end at L1 level). Facetal joint arthropathy is seen at multiple levels in the lumbar spine. Post-contrast images show a...  Read Full »

What tests are done to diagnose sciatica?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sciatica five years ago. Most of the doctors I consulted suspected my issue to be a problem on the spine and hip. But, only one doctor identified it as sciatica and gave me an injection for the pain. Now, I am starting to feel the pain again. Would you please tell me what tes...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your reports carefully and would explain that a spine MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is necessary to determine if you have sciatica or not (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). If this pain is similar to before the injection, you like...  Read Full »

Can my dad's left leg pain be linked to a stroke he had seven years ago?

Query: Hello doctor,My father suffered a stroke seven years ago that got the right side of his body numb and non-functioning. But, after all these years, he constantly refers to pain in his left leg. Can you tell me what would give him relief from this pain? I am attaching his latest reports here.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and attached reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The possible explanation for the left-sided leg pain of your father is neuropathy. It can be contributed by the same factors that caused the stroke. The commo...  Read Full »

MRI of which body parts will best reveal spondyloarthropathy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male, and I was diagnosed with spondyloarthropathy seven years back. I am taking only Sulfasalazine tablets daily. Currently, I do not have any pain or stiffness. My HLA-B27 report is negative. Now, if I do the following MRIs, what chances are there that any abnormal...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am unable to find the attachment. It is good to know that you are doing well on Sulfasalazine only. But if you are doing well and have no symptoms with normal blood tests, I will not recommend MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to be repeated. The MRI is only needed ...  Read Full »

What is the exact problem with my mother's back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother, who is 60 years old, was having back pain for approximately 5 to 6 years. Now, she is having severe back pain while standing and the pain is not receding. We went for an MRI scan and I have attached the report with this query. I want to know the exact problem and the possible ...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. You have mentioned that your mother has low back pain since 5 to 6 years for which she has been managed conservatively till now. I have also gone through the MRI reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which have been attach...  Read Full »

What is the cause of lower back pain despite taking medications?

Query: Hi doctor,I have seen many doctors regarding lower back problems since the past two years. I have had two courses of physiotherapy with no real improvement and cortisone injections, which also did not help. I have also had two CT scans and an MRI, and I have attached the reports. I am also prescrib...  Read Full »


Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Looking at your symptoms and all the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it makes me think that you need to be investigated by a rheumatologist or an immunologist for possible rheumatoid or other arthropathies. There is no evidence of ...  Read Full »

I have body fasciculations with no numbness and tingling. Is it ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, Six months ago, following a mild concussion, I started to have symptoms that were vaguely consistent with bilateral cervical radiculopathy. The cervical MRI showed severe stenosis and disc herniation at the C6-7 level going right and C5-6 going left. The worst symptoms were numbness...  Read Full »


Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is highly unlikely that the EMGs (electromyography) are clean in the presence of muscle wasting and fasciculations. I believe the symptoms and signs you are experiencing are due to cervical stenosis and not due to ALS. A C6-7 disc herniation can cause all the symptom...  Read Full »

Is thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbar fusion the same?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you please tell me what is the difference between thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbar fusion? Or are they all the same?  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are 12 thoracic vertebrae and five lumbar vertebrae. The fusion of the body of the vertebrae between the thoracic spine is called a thoracic fusion. A fusion at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine is called a thoracolumbar fusion. And that between the l...  Read Full »

What are the causes of foot drop with slight numbness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 year old male, I have got foot drop perhaps from crossing legs frequently. I first noticed the foot drop when I was walking three weeks back, the dorsum and the end of the foot were slightly numb. The numbness has subsided a week back, but I still do not have any power to do...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most common cause of foot drop is if any intramuscular injection is given wrongly, tarsal tunnel syndrome, leprosy and cauda equina syndrome. It is a good sign that the numbness has reduced. I recommend you get the following tests done after consulting your...  Read Full »

Why do I have a problem controlling urine and motion after a radical nephrotomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I underwent a right radical nephrectomy two years back due to RCC but, after that (within three to four days) I started having a problem in controlling urine and motion, that is, I cannot wait. I always have an emergency. What is the reason? In which part of my body does the problem e...  Read Full »


Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Have you consulted your urologist for this problem? If there is no surgical complication, you can undergo MRI lumbosacral spine to look for any local cause. Do you have any weakness in your legs? Any sweating disturbances in the legs? Any loss of sensations over you...  Read Full »

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