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Is Lumbar Radiculopathy A Permanent Illness
Lumbar radiculopathy is leg pain, numbness and weakness caused by compression of a spinal nerve as it leaves the spine to supply the leg. This nerve carries the information from the brain to the leg and from the leg to the brain. Therefore, the brain registers pain and a problem in the leg even though the problem is in the back. For example compression of the ...Read more
Disability : The question of disability is a difficult one. Disability is determined not by a specific disease, but instead by what a patient is able or unable to do. Mild degenerative disc disease can manifest in different ways. Based on the fact that it is mild, it is unlikely to cause symptoms that are severe enough for disability. However disability is determined by the patient's ability to perform activities and work. Determination of disability requires evaluation by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fracture: Any fracture in the spine can be problematic. I would see a spine specialist that treats this type of injury. Alternatively, you may need to be seen by a spine surgeon. Traditionally most fractures can be left to heal on their own, however if the fracture breaks apart (Burst Fracture) you may need surgical repair to limit fragments entering spinal canal resulting in nerve damage or paralysis. ...Read more
Is spinal decompression therapy a definite cure for degenerating disc disease or is it just a pain treatment?
It is rare: In most people, the tip of the spinal cord is at the bottom of l1, the first bone in the lumbar spine, so all lumbar disk herniations miss the spinal cord, even large ones. There are some folks with tethered cords, so the spinal cord is elongated. Since the tether can cause the cord problems, in such cases a large disk herniation could be double jeopardy. This is rare but serious. ...Read more
Is it common for a 29 yr old to have thoracic spondylosis without myelopathy and degeneration of lumbosacral intervertebral disc issues? Treatment?
Not very common: not very common in my experience. Any hx. of trauma? Otherwise, typically conservative tx. PT, etc. ...Read more
Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help
Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve" . This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Following a bilateral L5 nerve root decompression with erythematous and compressed nerve roots, how common is nerve enhancement as a temp condition?
Post laminectomy: If by nerve enhancement you mean nerve related symptoms, they may linger on due to post operative inflammation for 4-6 weeks, but should be much milder andimproving. If symptoms are worsening or staying the same, see your neurosurgeon. Some people suffer from chronic prolonged symptoms from post laminectomy syndrome that requires further treatments. ...Read more
R/O SCIATICA : Yes TENS AND A HOME ULTRASOUND CAN HELP SCIATICA. You need a full exam and focused Neuro exam with reflexes Checked. Also X-ray of lumbar spine and if no improvement an MRI to rule out arthritis a bulging disc or congenital back issue. Till then no heavy lifting F/U with doctor for medical treatment. NSAID/Muscle Relaxant. Also start a GF DIET WHOLEAPPROACH.COM& focus on WG LOSS. ...Read more
How common is it for a 42 female to have canal stenosis cervical radiculopathy nerve root impingement herniated discs forimanal narrowing?
Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?
General anesthesia: If you are having surgery such as lumbar laminectomy, discectomy, and/or fusion, you will recieve general anesthesia. However, a herniated disc does not always require surgery and is dependent on your symptoms and treatments. Physical therapy, epidural steroids, and/or oral pain medications are often sufficient treatment of symptoms of a hernieated disc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve arises from each of these five nerves, often any one of these nerves can present also with the symptoms of sciatica. This nerve is considered a peripheral nerve, not a spinal cord nerve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends on the : Nature and degree of neurologic findings as most disc herniations are treated non operatively with 10% going to surgery with 1% being a true surgical emergency when involving the nerves that control bathroom functions. The risk of spinal cord compression is low as the cord usually ends by L1 level in most adults with most disc herniations occuring at l4-5 & l5-s1. ...Read more
Lots of Reasons: There are so many things going on. Your ligaments can stretch quite a bit especially in the pelvis resulting in pain. Also the pelvis position can place stress on your spine resulting in bulging discs or even herniated disks causing the sciatica pain. Recommend seeing a pelvic floor specialized therapist that can guide you through this. Also recommend seeing a spine specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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