Doctor Q&A for Dr. Jeffrey Gross

A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Spine evaluation: If it has not resolved and/or does not respond to self-applied muscle treatments like heat, rest, topicals, then it should be evaluated to rule out an ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Shunt infection?: Yes, despite it being in place for a reasonably stable amount of time, it can get infected and cause erosions. IT should be evaluated!
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Axial unloading: Tricep dips are safe for the spine, as this exercise unloads the spine. You should feel confident that you are not doing your spine any harm with thi ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Pain not normal: Neck pain often involves some head symptoms. You should do some stretches and use some anti-inflammatories (unless you cannot for some other reason). ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Eval and films: It is proper that you see your surgeon who fused your discs and be evaluated with updated imaging, including flexion/extension x-rays. Top reasons fo ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Stoop instead: Frequent bending is a common source of repetitive lumbar disc and muscle stress. The first thing to do is to do the antidotal exercises at the gym or ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Cervical myelopathy: Your husband needs to see his doctor and get a cervical MRI. These symptoms are worrisome for an injury to the spinal cord in the neck. With proper ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Common cysts: An MRI is almost perfect, but not 100% definite. However, incidental arachnoid cysts are not uncommon and most people do not need a contrast MRI.
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
No need to worry: NO. This is more of an anatomic variant and should have no symptoms, no problems, and no effect upon your life. It was found by "accident" as you sa ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Not exactly: Probably not true. Extra vertebrae are extremely rare. Your doctor probably meant you have a lumbarized S1, sometimes (although not intuitively) cal ... Read More
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