HI...I can not begin to advise u on how to proceed or what all this means for ur mother, but this info I found below may explain more what is going on. And from my personal experience, in dealing with drs and which is the best method...ie- from the back or the front....u need to find a dr u r comfortable with to help guide u on the best method for ur mom....many can tell u I had it this way or that, but u need the dr to advise u on what is best of r her, and no one but a dr that has examined her can give that advice.
I understand ur frustration and confusion, but do try and find a dr that u and ur mom really like and understand the options he/she is offering.
Posterior longitudinal ligament
a spinal ligament that extends behind the intervertebral discs and vertebral bodies within the vertebral canal from the axis and membrana tectoria to the sacrum. This ligament is strung like a bow over the central concave portion of the vertebral body.
A specific disorder, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament or OPLL, with variable clinical manifestations, may occur. Patients may exhibit cord signs, manifested by dominant motor and sensory disturbances in the lower extremity; segmental signs, represented by dominant motor and sensory disturbances in the upper extremity; and cervicobrachialgia, which causes no obvious neurologic deficits but is associated with pain in the neck, shoulder and arm.
The radiographic features of OPLL are characteristic. The cervical spine (and rarely the thoracic and lumbar spine) reveals a dense, ossified strip of variable thickness along the posterior margins of the vertebral bodies and the intervertebral discs . Conventional tomography, CT and MR imaging provide additional diagnostic information.
myelomalacia (my-ĕ-loh-mă-lay-shiă) n. softening of the tissues of the spinal cord, most often caused by an impaired blood supply
I was recently diagnosed with spondylosis deformans on my cervical spine. But my intraverbral discs, vertebral body height is normal as well as my soft tissues thickness is normal.
And my lumbar 5 is bilateral partial sacralization.But my intraverbral discs, vertebral body height is normal as well as my soft tissues thickness is normal. I have lower back pain all the time, and I can hardly walk a long distance, because my legs begin to hurt as well as my feet