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Curve In Upper Spine
I'm 17 years old, have a lot of lower back pain and have a right curve in my upper spine. Have an appt in october, but what is the likely treatment?
You can't....: Unless it is a result of a leg length difference. Then all it takes is a shoe lift in the shorter leg. If it is idiopathic scoliosis (curve greater than 10 degrees) then it is just a matter of observation. Surgery to straighten curves is not done until the curve is either shown to be progressing 6 deg or more every 6 months or greater than 30 degrees with progression. ...Read more
I have a curve in my spine and there's pain in the lower part of my back do you know what the curve would be it spasms alot also?
Many type of curves: There r many types of curves in the spine: lordosis (backwards), kyphosis (forwards), scoliosis (sidewards). Depending on what segment is affected & how, they can all cause pain. Spasms are more often muscular problems, & may not be related to spinal curvaturl. See your doctor for referral to a local spine specialist and physiatrist (rehab doc) for better evaluation. Surgery is prob not needed yet ...Read more
My baby is 7 weeks old and his spine curves out at the bottom, and sticks out noticeably. Is this normal?
Spina bifida: Have your baby checked for that specially if there is a dimple there ...Read more
Arthritis: 95% of the time, this means you have every day wear and tear changes. This otherwise is the same as degenerative spinal arthritis or ddd or degenerative disk disease. These wear and tear changes are a normal part of the aging process. Doing general core exercises 15-20 minutes 3-5 days a week will slow the process. ...Read more
Thigh pain: After fusion can be multifactorial. It can be due to nerve irritation along the front of the thigh, nerve irritation after decompression, hip flexor stretch, etc. Most often this settles down in a few weeks but you should bring it up with your surgeon to have them evaluate you. ...Read more
Maybe if prolonged: If there's a major change in posture, in the long run there's also a risk for strain and pain. Prevention is best. Step one is to stop using the device so often and/or try a different one like a tablet. Next one could also consider yoga or physical/occupational therapy if primary care doctor approves. If there's a problem after stopping using the phone or tablet, then a physiatrist could be seen. ...Read more
If you are talking: About the fluid removed on a spinal tap it is known as cerebral spinal fluid and it is constantly being formed in the brain by astructure known as the choroid plexus at a rate of about half a liter a day and is resorbed into the circulatory system. It turns over almost 4 times daily and it plays several roles or functions for the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more
Physiatrist: Could start off by seeing afamily doctor. I would then recommend you see a physiatry. If your pain persists and you've undergone conservative treatment I would see an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more
See below: This is not a medical term but in context this would be a description used on the physical exam. Protuberant, standing out, and fullness are similar words. As far as the back exam this would refer to the spine, ribs or scapula. There are several causes and having an orthopaedic spine eval by an orthopaedic surgeon, not saying you need surgery. Hope I was helpful. Thank you. ...Read more
Muscles!!!!: Think flesh/tissue and not bone/ligament/disc with chronic pain! Began selfcare with a wellness programs, vitamins b-100, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, exercise and self or prof massage, chiropractor, yoga, heat, stretching all are needed. My favorite in my practice is acupuncture and myofascial tissue release with trigger points w lidocaine. ...Read more
How much discomfort?: A bone spur is a bony growth formed on healthy bone and may normally occur as you age. Generally, treatment for a bone spur involves taking pain medication and avoiding activities that worsen the pain. If you have a spur on your back physical therapy may help. Surgical intervention is a last resort option for severe pain and impairment. Discuss with your primary doctor if this is the case. ...Read more
Dimple: A dimple on the spine area is common considering how the body develops embryologically. If this is on the lower spine it could be a pylonidal cyst. Those can get infected and need treatment. Double check with your doctor. ...Read more
Back pain: For mild symptoms, muscle pains or degenerative changes are most common. If symptoms persist, you probably need at least some baseline xrays and doc to evaluate. If all negative, core strength is a start: pilates/yoga/piyo, nsaid's, salonpas hot patches. Mckenzie pt if no better but requires a doc's rx. ...Read more
Back pain in young: Young patients rarely need further evaluation for back pain as it is usually self-limiting. For mild symptoms, muscle pains are most common. Consider also disc herniation which may cause pain without sciatica. Stress fracture occurs in 5% of the population without any symptoms. If symptoms persist, then see your doc for a more specific evaluation. ...Read more
Time: If the pain has progressed beyond a few weeks then a visit to your pcp is needed. Time and modification of daily activity is the best first treatment. If still hurting after a few weeks then physical therapy, chiropractic care and massage can also help. Otc pain meds are usually adequate. If conservative care is not effective then imaging with a MRI scan could help identify a source. ...Read more
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