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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Overview)

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 a suspected trauma situation.


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Painful cervical spine?

Ubiquitous: Degenerative neck and back pain is akin to wrinkles in the skin. Age happens, and the alternative (bring aging to a grinding halt with death) is not appealing. Accept some aches and pain, use nsaid's/tylenol to control, salonpas hot patches, strengthen the core, consider mckenzie pt (doc's rx needed). If persistent, further evaluation. Should not be life altering under most circumstances. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
203 Doctors shared insights

Cervical Spine (Overview)

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 a suspected trauma situation.


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What's the cervical spine?

What's the cervical spine?

The neck: The cervical spine is made up of the seven vertebrae below the skull. These seven vertebrae make up the bones of the neck. ...Read more

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Living with Spine Curvature (Checklist)

Stretch your spine
daily
Do low-impact aerobic exercise
every other day
Take NSAIDs or relaxants as needed
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Maintain a healthy weight
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What is VSC of the cervical spine?

What??: Not sure if there might be a misspelling, but I am not familiar with a VSC of the cervical spine. If this stands for an acronym, then it is definitely not a widely used acronym. ...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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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Why would my cervical spine hurt so much?

Whiplash; weightlift: A mva causing a jolt fro behind can cause it. Heavy weight lifting can lead to cervical strain or can cause herniated disc. If you have tingling or numbness in arms, you need to consult md right away. ...Read more

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How to restore the normal c shape of my cervical spine?

Stretching and: Strengthening of the cervical paraspinals. One of the main causes of cervical straightening is cervical paraspinal spasms. Correct these and tis will often help return the lordotic curvature to your cervical spine. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Daily
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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How can you treat a straightening of the cervical spine?

How can you treat a straightening of the cervical spine?

Symptoms?: It depends on your symptoms. If you have none, there is no reason for any treatment. If you are having symptoms, so a neurosurgeon after a MRI for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you do exercises to mitigate cervical spine (neck) problems?

Can you do exercises to mitigate cervical spine (neck) problems?

Yes: A physical therapist is a good place to start for treatment of neck pain. They can help with strengthening and stretching activities along with cervical traction which can help symptoms quite a bit! ...Read more

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What is meant by posterior osteophytic spurring of the cervical spine?

What is meant by posterior osteophytic spurring of the cervical spine?

Bone spurs: Posterior osteophytic spurs of the cervical spine are bone spurs around the back of the disc space and in front of the spinal cord. They are normal findings in age related degenerative disease but they may cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Pressure on a nerve may cause pain, weakness or numbness. Spinal cord compression may cause pain and loss of coordination or other symptoms. ...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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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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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

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How long could it take to recover from cervical spine fusion?

How long could it take to recover from cervical spine fusion?

3 months: Assuming a proper work-up has been done and conservative care has failed, most patients do very well from a single level cervical fusion. Average time for a complete recovery is 3 months. Check out spine health. Com. ...Read more

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What are some good rehab excersises for cervical spine injuries?

What are some good rehab excersises for cervical spine injuries?

Varies: Specific exercises will vary depending on your cerival spine injury. However, exercises that focus on proper posture of the spine, interscapular strengthening and core strengthening wil help support the spine and reduce forces to the injury. Make sure to have an evaluation from a physician and a physical therapist first to customize your program. ...Read more

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What is the best specialist in treating cervical spine problems?

What is the best specialist in treating cervical spine problems?

Spine specialist: Spine specislist.... Spinal surgeon. I think that the initial evaluation should begin with your family doctor. There are many causes of neck pain. Once the correct diagnosis is established then if needed you will be referred to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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What does posterior osteophytic spurring of the cervical spine do?

What does posterior osteophytic spurring of the cervical spine do?

Grind creak and hurt: Can also be asymptomatic don't confuse image findings for a diagnosis to mak a diagnosis you need three parts history physical exam clinical impression confirmed on a appropriate image selected for known sensitivity and spe cficity for the diagnosis you are looking for. ...Read more

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"what is a cervical spine neuroma, what causes it? And how is it treated? "

"what is a cervical spine neuroma, what causes it? And how is it treated? "

Benign nerve growth: A neuroma is a benign tumor or overgrowth of nerve cells which may grow from the nerve or be due to a focal injury. Neuromas can occur anywhere a nerve is. A cervical spine neuroma arises from nerves exiting the spine in the neck region. Many are small, and cause no problem. Larger ones or ones affecting muscle and pain function need evaluation. Your neurologist can help. ...Read more

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What can cause cervical spine instability and what would be the symptoms?

Varies: Cervical spine instability can be caused by injury, arthritic degeneration, and ligamentous laxity. Symptoms vary, but can include neck pain, headaches, and possibly pain running into the arm. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have degeneration of cervical spine, how can I treat it?

Check an X-Ray: At 42 years old you are likely to have some degenerative changes of the spine. If you need to confirm this a simple x-ray of the neck is the easiest way. It is generally treated initially with stretching and strengthening exercises. Maintaining good fitness, not smoking and good ergonomics will help slow progression. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are the usual symptoms of degeneration of cervical spine?

Stiffness: Degeneration is age related wear and tear. Some feel nothing, others stiffness. Cracking can occur. If nerves are pinched pain down an arm with numbness and tingling may occur. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for a straight cervical spine and how is this caused?

Loss of lordosis: Commonly cervical spine straightening is called loss of lordotic curve. This is most commonly caused by a neck spasm. But can also be due to degenerative disc in the neck or severe arthritis that causes the neck to lose that natural curve. ...Read more

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What is the difference between different cervical spine surgeries, can you help me?

I apologize: But there are so many, its difficult to answer in this shortened forum. There really are, from different pathologies to different approaches, and even different styles. There is a site, www. Spine-health. Com that can be of some benefit in walking you through some of the more common ones. I wish I could be more helpful, but I hope the site provides some info you are looking for. ...Read more

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What its mean atypical Meningioma on cervical spine sMRI with and without contrast?

See neurosurgeon: Sounds like you have a growth in neck which could threaten spinal cord. Do not waste time, see neurosurgeon ASAP. Whether conservative approach or surgery unclear from your description, but would cover all the bases regardless, as there might be considerable risk. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what the medical term retrolisthesis means in referanceto the cervical spine?

Spine alignment: Retrolisthesis describes the position of one vertebra being out of alignment relative to the rest of the spinal column. The abnormal cervical vertebra is positioned behind or posterior to its normal position relative to the adjacent vertebra. This may be normal for you, or may indicate an instability. Your doctor can help determine the severity and implication of the retrolisthesis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a question for a health care professional, about the cervical spine area?

Ask it: If you have a specific question, you can submit it to health tap and we will do our best to answer it. The other option would be to make an appointment with your physician and ask him directly. ...Read more

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How likely am I expected to suffer from adjacent arthrosis if I have my cervical spine fused at 5, 6 level at the age of 29? Inevitable?

Slightly: Fusion of the spine can lead to increased workload of the adjacent vertebrae. Activity may also have a bearing on that as well. Some studies suggest the rate of adjacent arthrosis only slightly geater than a normal spine. Avoid excessive impact activities. ...Read more

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Can degeneration of cervical spine lead to vad and other serious conditions, death? Fixable? Who and how can fix? How are sublaxations fixed?

Yes: Cervical degeneration can lead to long term problems or severe impairment including paralysis and death if it is accompanied with severe spinal stenosis. A neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon can assist in your care and help you determine if the condition is serious and requires surgery. ...Read more

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Every disc n my cervical spine is herniated, can't take the pain anymore, pain dr says no more "lysis tx's", had 2 many. What is something else close?

Every disc n my cervical spine is herniated, can't take the pain anymore, pain dr says no more "lysis tx's", had 2 many. What is something else close?

Where is your pain?: What does lysis trx mean, epidural lysis of adjesions or rf ablation of facet iinnervation? Cervical disc herniations cause arm pain generally how many is too many? Its good to abandon failed treatments and move on to next suspected pain generator theory it is unlikely that all disc herniations are similtaneously symptomatic too many targets to be effective. ...Read more

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What exactly is cervical spine cancer?

What exactly is cervical spine cancer?

See below.: Cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. This can occur in the cervical spine (neck). There are many types of cancer which can originate in the spine. However, most commonly, the abnormal cells originate outside the spine and then travel via blood vessels to other areas of the body including the spine. This is called metastasis. ...Read more

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Can I run after cervical spine fusion?

Can I run after cervical spine fusion?

Yes you can: When you can start running will be when your surgeon clears you to start. Typically about 6 weeks is all it takes to get back to your usual activities. But this can be longer if you have a multilevel fusion. Ask your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cervical spine stenosis?

What sort of disease is cervical spine stenosis?

Narrowing: Stenosis is a condition where the tube inside the spine, the canal, is narrowed and potentially pinching on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves. It can cause pain, weakness or numbness. It can be a problem from birth (congenital) or due to aging, injury or disease. ...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