Lumbar and cervical imaging

In this video, Dr. Castanet will review a patient’s low back x-rays and neck MRI images. This patient is a 49-year-old male with left leg pain, and some neck pain also. The neck MRI images show some mild problems at a couple of levels, but not bad at all. The lumbar x-rays show a problem I have discussed many times- a mild, grade 1 spondylolisthesis. This problem tends to be slowly progressive over time, and it may become surgical at some point in the future, but for now, it will likely improve without surgery. Dr. Castanet will point out the obvious obesity visible on these images, because obesity is a significant problem and contributor to back pain. Most back and neck pain are “mechanical” meaning they are affected with mechanical influences, e.g. loads upon the spine. And if this gentleman continues to carry too much weight on his spine, his spondylolisthesis will progress faster than otherwise, he’ll have more pain, and he won’t be a good surgical candidate when he needs it, if he does.

This gentleman was sent to Dr. Castanet by his primary care physician because she prefers that her patients get non-surgical treatment and avoid injections whenever possible. She knows that spinal decompression is an effective method of treatment for patients with neck and back pain. To learn more about this treatment I suggest you find Dr. Castanet’s videos on the real cause of neck and back pain, and also look for his videos on the method of spinal decompression treatment for such pain.

Lumbar and cervical imaging

After 36 years in practice, including 18 years in orthopedics, physical medicine and physical therapy, as well as 5 years, part-time in a neurosurgical practice, Dr. Castanet has been using spinal decompression treatment since 2006, for most patients with neck and back pain, and it has proven to be the most effective treatment he has used for most neck and back pain. And, given his experience in several medical specialties, he can provide surgical opinions about your problem. So if you want a surgical opinion from a non-surgical provider, call Dr. Castanet at 404-558-4015.