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Is having esophageal dysmotility common after anterior cervical spine surgery?

Yes: Almost everyone will. Rarely does it pose a serious permanent problem. A few do, so if you are choking or it feels like food is getting stuck, contact your doctor so you can be evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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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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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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Can car accident straighten your cervical spine?

Yes: It's called cervical strain and due to muscular tension. It can be alleviated with formal physical therapy. ...Read more

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What happens if my cervical spine fusion does not fuse?

What happens if my cervical spine fusion does not fuse?

Cervical fusion: If a cervical spine fusion does not heal/fuse this is called a pseudoarthrosis. A cervical pseudoarthrosis can often be stable and not painful and does not always need treatment. If it is a painful pseudoarthrosis then an additional surgery can be done to make the level fuse. This usually involves a posterior fusion (placing screws and fusing from the back of the neck in addition to the front). ...Read more

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Can a cervical spine collapse rapidly in a 90 year old?

Can a cervical spine collapse rapidly in a 90 year old?

Possible: Depends upon many underlying conditions apart from age -alone.Osteoporosis a major factor.Trauma, bit d deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis among other cau, ses. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat cervical spine uncinate spurring?

What can I do to treat cervical spine uncinate spurring?

Depends on your: Level of symptoms. Generally, simple stretching and range of motion exercises especially in a hot shower can help. Isometric exercises as well as postural adjustments can be beneficial otc meds can help if no contraindications to their use. Smoking cessation is important. ...Read more

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How fast can the cervical spine collapse if osteoporosis?

Not fast: Although the spine can suffer vertebral fractures from osteoporosis, cervical spine fragility fractures are very uncommon. You are more likely to suffer fractures of the lower thoracic or upper lumber spine. ...Read more

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Can i do push-ups or planks if i have cervical spine issues?

Can i do push-ups or planks if i have cervical spine issues?

Neck pain: Yes. Isometric exercises are excellent to build core muscle strength. A physical trainer or physical therapist can provide you with an exercise regimen that is safe. If a particular exercise makes the neck or back pain worse then refrain from doing that exercise. ...Read more

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