What does osteochondral bar mean?

What does osteochondral bar mean?

An osteochondral bar is a degenerative overgrowth of tissue. When the spine has abnormal pressure of movement of a vertebral segment, the disc, joint, and vertebra will start to degenerate. The disc can either lose height and water content virtually drying up, or bulge outward from its normal position.

What is cervical spondylosis C5-C6?

Spondylosis. Spondylosis (degeneration) of the C5-C6 vertebrae and intervertebral disc occurs at a higher rate compared to other cervical vertebrae. 3. Spondylosis usually results in the formation of bone spurs (osteophytes), eventually leading to stenosis or narrowing of the intervertebral foramina or spinal canal.

What does C5 and C6 affect?

A c5-c6 herniated disc can affect the nerves that control the muscles in the arms, neck, shoulders, hands as well as the head, eyes, ears, or thyroid gland. Symptoms in these areas in addition to pain in the neck is very common with c5-c6 disc herniations.

What is Foraminal narrowing at C5 6?

Foraminal narrowing is a specific type of spinal stenosis, a back condition that occurs when the open spaces within the spine narrow. The foramina are bony passageways located between the vertebrae in the spine.

Can C5-C6 cause headaches?

It has been reported that pain from the C2-3 and C3-4 cervical facet joints can radiate to the occipital area, frontotemporal and even periorbital regions. Even pathology in C5 or C6 nerve roots have been reported to cause headache.

Can I live with cervical spondylosis?

Most people with cervical spondylosis have some long-term symptoms. These symptoms improve with non-surgical treatment and do not need surgery. Many people with this problem are able to maintain an active life. Some people will have to live with chronic (long-term) pain.

Is cervical foraminal stenosis serious?

When Cervical Foraminal Stenosis Is Serious If this nerve compression and the associated neurological deficits go untreated, permanent numbness and/or paralysis can occur.