Doctor Q&A for Dr. Thomas Dowling

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Possible if a large : Enough herniated disc or small enough spinal canal or a combination of both in the cervical or neck region of the spine causing not just a pinched ner ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Don't is safe way: Tarlov cysts in this region are not uncommon and are usually not a cause for pain unless one is dealing with soft or osteoporotic bone which can occas ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Showing your age: This just means that there are no inflammatory changes seen on your spine but some bone spurs that are reaching across disc spaces from one bone (vert ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Don't is safe way: Tarlov cysts in this region are not uncommon and are usually not a cause for pain unless one is dealing with soft or osteoporotic bone which can occas ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Fairly common : Symptoms of disc type back issue that can be treated with a regular exercise regimen of core strengthening exercises and stretching such as yoga along ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Some initial Rxs: Local treatment by icing region several times a day along with use of OTC NSAIDs like Aleve (naproxen) if you have no allergies or stomach issues with ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Unlikely : As a MRI is like pointing a camera and focusing in on a certain region to take a "picture" and a spleen may not be within that focused area
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A male asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Sounds like a : Tendinitis or inflammation along the inside of the elbow region known as a medial epicondylitis which may also aggravate the ulnar or " funny bone" ne ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No cause: This is not an abnormal finding or considered a problem but often a normal finding on a MRI -disc bulges are considered normal findings and cause no ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Facet joints or : Zygoapophyseal joints are small joints of the spine which are a right and left pair at all levels of the lumbar & thoracic spine & in the cerv ... Read More
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