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Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Probably not: Degenerative changes are most common in the cervical and lumbar spine. I doubt old injury to thoracic spine had any effect unless cervical spine injured at same time. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Probably not: Degenerative changes are most common in the cervical and lumbar spine. I doubt old injury to thoracic spine had any effect unless cervical spine injured at same time. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do NOT rub eye
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Can a thoracic spine injury from a slip n fall later cause problems with the neck over a period of years ?

Can a thoracic spine injury from a slip n fall later cause problems with the neck over a period of years ?

Neck pain causes: Yes. Slip and falls can alter function which over time can lead to other chronic issues and /or degeneration. You can certainly sustain a whiplash type of injury. ...Read more

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What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

Rehab: Rehab may optimize recovery form spine injury. Treatment depends on the type of injury, if surgery was required and the presence or absence of weakness, paralysis or bowel and bladder problems. Usually physical therapy plays a large part in the rehab process which may include walking, core and extremity strengthening. Good luck! ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help now
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Try not to diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle--have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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Why isn't my upper spine injury (from squatting) not healing?

Why isn't my upper spine injury (from squatting) not healing?

Need clarification: Is there pain? fracture? Nerve or ligament inj?Are you continuing squats? If there is no fracture, ligaments attached to vertebrae may be torn/stretched & heal poorly; you have a disc problem; nerve inj; or vertabra(e) is/are stuck.Prolotherapy could help heal ligaments, but you need a proper diagnosis.Good history & physical incl osteopathic hands-on exam might find problem.Manipulation may help. ...Read more

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Would cortisone shots help for my whiplash spine injury, I am losing the fight to try stay positive, being in pain I just can`t take it much longer?

Would cortisone shots help for my whiplash spine injury, I am losing the fight to try stay positive, being in pain I just can`t take it much longer?

Neck pain: Cortisone shots are a mainstay for the treatment of neck pain. Whiplash injury is an outdated term and really doesn't describe the type of problem that you are suffering from. See a neurosurgeon to help explain the problem and to develop a focused treatment plan to reduce or eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

Have a check-up with your orthopedic or sports doc
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How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

Hope superficial: If merely a soft tissue problem, should respond to heat, relaxation, perhaps massage or acupuncture. Recommend an otc anti-inflammatory such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. If things do not stabilize after a few days, check with doctor about more intensive evaluation. ...Read more