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Doctor insights on: Cervical Spine Nerves

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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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What is the safest test/procedure to find what parts of body are affected by bulg.disc, stenosis ,pinched nerves in cervical spine?

MRI/EMG: MRI is the gold standard to assess soft tissue in the spine. To localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy, an EMG/nerve conduction study is safe, sensitive, and specific. These tests are often performed together and get the most useful information for physicians to determine best next steps, i.e., conservative management versus surgery. ...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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Could I have a nerve sheath tumour from an MRI taken from the cervical spine?

No: If the question is did the MRI cause your nerve sheath tumor, the then answer is no. There are no known tumors caused by medical MRI. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about nerve sheath tumour from MRI of cervical spine?

There are: different types of nerve sheath tumors, benign and malignant, and they can occur in various locations. More details would be necessary for a specific answer to your question. ...Read more

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Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Not really.: Spinal CORD runs from brain down spine encased in column of vertebral bones. Spinal NERVE exits between bones providing movement and sensation to a very specific body area. Damage to NERVE can produce loss of function and sensation only in a local area. Damage to CORD can produce loss of function and sensation below the level of the injury. Injury above C4 paralyses respiration - often fatal ...Read more

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Is the vagus nerve seen on a cervical spine MRI test? If so, if there is an issue with it, how can docs tell on the test?

No: The vagus nerve is one of the cranial nerves, meaning it exits directly out of the brain and so would not be seen on a MRI of the cervical spine. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind/level?: First see a rehab doctor or neurologist to be sure physical therapy won't be dangerous. If it isn't serious you are likely to need strengthening of any affected muscles with neck and arm range of motion. Cervical traction is useful for some disc ruptures. Again see the doctor first. You might have something that could cause paraplegia or a tumor or a disc needing surgery or epidural injections. ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have suffered nerve pain for 20 years after a rta . C6 cervical spine, pain numbness and needles pins?

Needing expert help. I have suffered nerve pain for 20 years after a rta . C6 cervical spine, pain numbness and needles pins?

Cervical radic.: Cervical radiculopathy can present like this. The numbness/tingling would go usually down the arm and into the thumb mostly for a c6 radiculopathy. A cervical epidural steroid injection can help tremendously for this. Surgery may be needed, but and esi and pt and oral anti-inflammatories should usually be tried first. Seek out an interventional pm;r or anesthesia pain physician in your area. ...Read more

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I am having severe pain in my cervical spine on the left side radiating down my left arm and leaving a tingling feeling in my fingers. Pinched nerve?

Yes, it sounds: like it. If you have night sweats and extreme fatigue, infection is a possibility. You should get full evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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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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 (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


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