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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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After ncv a MRI for cervical radicalopathy was ordered. If spinal MRI verifies pinched nerve what is best treatment to pursue.

After ncv a MRI for cervical  radicalopathy was ordered.  If spinal MRI verifies pinched nerve what is best treatment to pursue.

Depends: If your symptoms/signs are severe enough or have been going on for a while and if you are healthy, a neurosurgeon may decide it is advisable to operate sooner. On the other hand, many people with pinched nerves are able to be treated conservatively with oral antiinflammatories and/or steroids (oral or injected). Discuss your options with your doctor and/or consult a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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MRI show spinal stenosis ( cervical) and nerve pinching at C6 can numbness and tingling in arm resolve with tome on its own?

MRI show spinal stenosis ( cervical) and nerve pinching at C6 can numbness and tingling in arm resolve with tome on its own?

C nerve compression: Your symptoms are created by nerve root pressure. Decompression is essential. Spinal cord compression itself can worsen without decompression intervention. Once decompressed, arm symptoms should improve -and resolve. Sooner is better. Long term compression can lead to irreversibility. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

Not based on this : Female age unknown has age-related spine changes noted on MRI. When MRI first invented "bulging" disks thought to be pain generators. Now, surgeons realize these can be red herrings. Some studies indicate only 10% back pain disorders benefitted by surgery. U.S. leads world in unnecessary back operations. Get second opinion. First try aquatherapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, & etc. ...Read more

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How to deal with the pain after cervical spinal fusion?

How to deal with the pain after cervical spinal fusion?

Depends: This depends on how recent the surgery was and how bad it is and if it got better after initial surgery. If it is recent then you should have been given pain meds by your surgeon or call for extra meds. If greater than 6 months to a year then see your surgeon to be sure you have fused and make sure you haven't developed additional pathology at other levels. Some pain is not abnormal. ...Read more

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If a cervical spinal fusion been determined to fused properly should the neck hardware be removed?

Usually not unless : The hardware or instrumentation poses or is causing an issue such as displacement or loosening which would be rare with a fusion achieved. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the best cervical spinal therapies?

Doctors, what are the best cervical spinal therapies?

Cervical spine: The best therapies for the cervical spine depend on the problem in your neck. An MRI of the cervical spine and a complete physical examination with a spine specialist will provide you the best treatment options. There are excellent neurosurgeons at Highland Park Hospital in your area. ...Read more

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What can be done for spinal cervical stenosis?

What can be done for spinal cervical stenosis?

Many things: Depending on the severity, stenosis of the cervical spine can be treated with medications, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cervical spinal stinosis ?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cervical spinal stinosis ?

Narrowing: Narrowing of the canal and/or foramen, with impingement of the spinal cord or nerve(s). ...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


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