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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Overview)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in a suspected trauma situation.


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Painful cervical spine?

Ubiquitous: Degenerative neck and back pain is akin to wrinkles in the skin. Age happens, and the alternative (bring aging to a grinding halt with death) is not appealing. Accept some aches and pain, use nsaid's/tylenol to control, salonpas hot patches, strengthen the core, consider mckenzie pt (doc's rx needed). If persistent, further evaluation. Should not be life altering under most circumstances. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
203 doctors shared insights

Cervical Spine (Overview)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in a suspected trauma situation.


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Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Radiculopathy: Typically you will feel referred, burning, radicular pain in a dermatomal distribution, depending upon which nerve root is being compressed. ...Read more

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Living with Spine Curvature (Checklist)

Stretch your spine
daily
Do low-impact aerobic exercise
every other day
Take NSAIDs or relaxants as needed
once
Maintain a healthy weight
daily
Dr. Stan Lee Dr. Lee
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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Dr. Stan Lee Dr. Lee
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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could: Cervical spine MRI will show spine more. Mri neck will show more soft tissues in neck and not concentrate on spine. ...Read more

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Treating Neck Strain (Checklist)

neck exercises
daily
topical heat
at bedtime
simple analgesia
3x day
nsaids
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Whats lumbar spine stenosis?

Whats lumbar spine stenosis?

Decreased space: The spinal cord passes through a "tunnel" in the bone. With arthritis, disc bulging, and overgrowth of surrounding ligaments, the spine cord can be compressed. The compressions is called stenosis. ...Read more

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What's the cervical spine?

What's the cervical spine?

The neck: The cervical spine is made up of the seven vertebrae below the skull. These seven vertebrae make up the bones of the neck. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
once
Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment does not imply pressure, or severity, or the presence of symptoms. ...Read more

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Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

Can be: ? Whether cervical scoliosis, arthritis & lumbar DDD are related to fibromyalgia, FM. One of the multiple co-factors seemingly co-causal of FM is global muscle atrophy & weakness, leading to widespread myalgia & tender points in spastic muscles repetitively stressed/injured by gravitational forces. Painful skeletal derangements can incite sedentariness with loss of muscle mass/tone. Gravity Rules. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Daily
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
Once
Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
Once
Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
Daily
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Arterior cervical spine surgery at china?

Done in China: Medical vacations are when persons seek care outside there country usually to save on costs. China has several centers that offer excellent care. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

Age: These are all common findings that can be found on cervical MRI in patients over 40. Usually related to aging and the natural degenerative process. Genetics and lifestyle also contribute to these changes. ...Read more

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Can cervical radiculopathy and intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy, cervical region cause bladder problems?"

Can cervical radiculopathy and intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy, cervical region cause bladder problems?"

Yes, it can: Based on the information provided -- intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy in the cervical region can cause bladder dysfunction as the spinal cord is compressed by the disc. ...Read more

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Any trigger point injections for cervical spine disc herniation?

Typically not: Trigger point injections are best used for spasm and pain in the muscle. If the pain is originating from a cervical disc herniation, the trigger point is usually not successful, and even when it is, rarely gives any lasting relief. ...Read more

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What is status post-lower cervical spine fusion and diskectomy?

A term meaning that: Someone had a spine surgery involving the neck most typically from anterior or front approach involving removal of cervical disc and filling the disc space with either bone or a cage & bone as well as possibly some spine instrumentation or hardware in the lower part of the neck or cervical spine. The disc spaces range from c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c5-6, c6-7 & c7-t1. The lower 3 would be one of them. ...Read more

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Cervical spine MRI showed normal spine curvature but straight spinal cord that didn't follow spinal curve. What is this?

Cervical spine MRI showed normal spine curvature but straight spinal cord that didn't follow spinal curve. What is this?

Normal: The cord does not travel exactly as the bony architecture does. This is likely more of a comment by the radiologist rather than any real pathology. ...Read more

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What is spondylosis lumbar spine like?

What is spondylosis lumbar spine like?

It varies: For many folks it is painless. It is simply part of the aging process. Depending on your genes, some degeneration begins during the teen years; everyone has some by the mid 60s. In other folks, spondylosis can be associated with pain, stiffness, nerve compression and symptoms like leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, trouble walking, even trouble controlling the bladder or bowels. ...Read more

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What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy cervical region?

What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy cervical region?

Cord compression due: To disc issue in the neck region usually with degenerative disc disease ; a small spinal canal diameter. Prior history of neck injury can accelerate degenerative changes ; smokers accelerate this rate 4x over a nonsmoker. A herniated large disc can cause a myelopathy which is cord compression but it is most often associated with degeneration leading to a too narrow spinal canal for the cord. ...Read more

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Best cervical spondylosis treatment?

Depends: If spinal cord compression causes significant symptoms surgical treatment is the best option. For minor symptoms and normal neurologic function a physical therapy directed exercise program is good. ...Read more

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How effective are disc replacement options in lumbar spine? Cervical spine?

See below: They are safe and effective and have similar results as the clasSic ACDF their advantages over the fusion are theoretical in my opinion the Acdf has a 95% chance at relieving arm pain neither are neck pain procedures , both do a good job relieving arm pain from pinched neck nerves early adopters of new technology can be surprised by outcomes since they are not as well studied without long term ...Read more

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How can you treat a straightening of the cervical spine?

How can you treat a straightening of the cervical spine?

Symptoms?: It depends on your symptoms. If you have none, there is no reason for any treatment. If you are having symptoms, so a neurosurgeon after a MRI for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you do exercises to mitigate cervical spine (neck) problems?

Yes: A physical therapist is a good place to start for treatment of neck pain. They can help with strengthening and stretching activities along with cervical traction which can help symptoms quite a bit! ...Read more

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What specialist treats cervical spine problems?

Spine specialists: These include neurosurgeons, pain doctors, rehab doctors, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. ...Read more

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Where is the trigeminal tract in the upper cervical spine?

There are two of the: There is the dorsal or back trigeminothalamiic tract that carries nerve fibers that help transmit touch and pressure sensations and a ventral or front one with varying interconnections and crossover from right to left and vice versa high in the cervical cord region if this is what you are asking. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cervical spine stenosis, or is it unusual?

Both : There is a genetic component to cervical stenosis but most often it is the result of repetitive injury and arthritic/degenerative changes as we get older. ...Read more

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What are treatments for cervical spine uncinate spurring?

What are treatments for cervical spine uncinate spurring?

Depends on Symptoms: This describes a finding on an x-ray that is associated with degenerative changes. Treatment should be based on symptoms. Neck pain with underlying degenerative findings is typically treated initially with over the counter medications, stretching, heat. If not responsive then formal physical therapy is often the first prescribed treatment. ...Read more

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Do people with cervical spine stenosis have a lot of pain?

Do people with cervical spine stenosis have a lot of pain?

Usually not: Cervical stenosis can cause pressure on the spinal cord which can cause weakness in the arms and or legs. People often complain of fine hand movements like buttoning and dropping cups/glasses. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help a reverse curvature in my cervical spine?

Probably not: But it an help with the symptoms you may be having as a result of this. Cervical traction and physical therapy can help with the neck pain along with nerve root impingement in many cases before surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Can you have both a bulging disc in lumbar and cervical spine at the same time?

Can you have both a bulging disc in lumbar and cervical spine at the same time?

Yes : A bulging disc can be a sign of genetics, aging or trauma. They can be located anywhere along the spine although the neck or lower back are the most common areas. ...Read more

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Can loss of cervical spine lordosis cause severe neck and sholder pain, as well as, pain in my pinky and ringer fingers?

Possibly: Increased pressure on your facets (joints) in your neck from the loss of lordosis can cause neck pain. The pain in your pinky and EMG finger can be from foraminal stenosis which can cause a pinched nerve in the neck. Physical therapy is a good start for treatment. ...Read more

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I need suggestions on how to help a cervical spine fracture?

Depends: If it is unstable, then you may need surgery to fix it. If it is stable, you may need a hard cervical collar to let it heal over the next 6weeks. ...Read more

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Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6 , had acdf sugery in sept. Why is there still swellinh?

Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6 , had acdf sugery in sept.  Why is there still swellinh?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. It still might be residual from what you had before surgery, there may be continued compression, or have been a surgical complication. Your surgeon would be the best to interpret the meaning of the study based upon your individual case. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only remedy to relieve a cervical spine problem?

Usually last one: Unless you have a tumor, infection, an unstable fracture or one with neurologic issues, a myleopathy, or a progressive neurologic dysfunction caused by spinal stenosis or a disc herniation, surgery should be final option after: activity modification, exercise/physical therapy, time, medication and where indicated: a soft cervical collar, pain management, massage, acupuncture, local heat, traction. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more