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disc desiccation is drying of the disks which can decrease how supportive they are between the bones.
as we all get older, the disks can become more dry
an open MRI scan often can not be as clear as a closed MRI scan
3.0 Tesla MRI scanners are more detailed than 1.5 tesla MRI scanners.
I hope you had at least a 1.5 tesla closed MRI scan with contrast.
this is treatable with a comprehensive approach.
physical therapy and stretching and help improve strength in your neck and take pressure off of nerves
oral anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or aleve can help decrease inflammation, in some cases a short course of steroid therapy is needed to decrease inflammation.
sometimes a steroid epidural injection into the area can help decrease pain
weight loss and exercise can help decrease pain there.
accupuncture can help some patients with neck pain there
massage therapy or chiropractor adjustment can sometimes help.
a topical TENs unit can help distract the nerves and decrease pain.
last resort is spine surgery.
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