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Cyst On Thoracic Spine
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
Spinal cyst: Spinal cyst is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid and it can be characterized as either extradural (outside the dura) or intradural (inside the dura). Most of the spinal cysts are idiopathic, but they can be developed from congenital defect; arachnoid adhesion secondary to infection; trauma from lumbar puncture; or iatrogenic cause from injected contrast dye. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with a cyst on my lower lumbar/thoracic spine. Its hitting nerves in my lower back. Do I need to worry about getting surgery?
Maybe: There are different kinds of "cysts" but the most common "cyst" in the lumbar spine that causes is a pinched nerve is a synovial cyst. This is and inflammatory cyst that causes symptoms of a pinched nerve. Surgery is sometimes indicated for large, painful cysts that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments like pt and injections. ...Read more
Can a cyst or tumor on my thoracic spine be caused by a serious motorcycle accident? What type of doctor should I see for this?
See a neurosurgeon:
It is unlikely that the previous accident has caused your spinal problem.
You need further evaluation which can be done either by a neurosurgeon or by an orthopedic doctor.
Good luck. ...Read more
Fluid sacks: The outer lining of each nerve as it leaves the spinal canal and passes thru the spinal column may occasionally separate from close adherence to the nerve & that space may fill up with spinal fluid. These cysts are often present at birth but may enlarge later (tarlov cysts). They are always noncancerous & almost always asymptomatic. Usually they are "an incidental" finding unrelated to the problem. ...Read more
Is it normal to get facet injections in the thoracic spine? Should I get them even if there is a some kind of cyst on my spine by my t6?
Depends: Facet injections help relieve pain from the facet joint due to arthritic conditions or whiplash injuries. Occasionally the facet joint has a synovial cyst (which is an out pouching of the original joint capsule) associated with it that may compress a nerve and cause pain. If so then the facet injection may be used to reduce the pain from that. ...Read more
Is it okay to use ultrasound heat therapy on my thoracic area due to injury but there is also a cyst on my spine that's been there since birth?
Incorrect term: The epiphysis refers to the area of bones above the growth plate and closer to the end of the bone. An apohysitis refers to an inflammation and injury of the growth plate. Apophysitis in the thoracic spine would be a condition in children with open growth plates (still growing.) it would involve an injury to the growth plate. ...Read more
Thoracic spine: This may be caused from a pinched nerve in the t spine which may cause burning pain. Or, it may also be unrelated to the spine. A thorough work up, including exam, imaging and review of your entire history is critical to get down to the bottom of the root cause. You should speak to your regular doc first - he/she should begin the work up. A disc herniation pinching the nerve should be ruled out. ...Read more
Syrinx: A syrinx generally results from an area of prior trauma or at a site in which the normal flow of spinal fluid is altered. If you do not have spinal cord symptoms and have nerve pain, a concern would be for a disc herniation. Review of your MRI scan would be needed to answer your question. ...Read more
I am a 46 year old female. What causes levoscoliosis of the thoracic spine with associated degenerative changes?
Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a descriptive term meaning curvature of the spine. Some people have it as a youth and it can progress as you age. The most common cause in your is idiopathic, we don't know. As we age and develope degenerative changes we can also develop curving. Great informative web site: www. Isoliosis. Com. Explains process, amounts, causes, and treatments. ...Read more
Scoliosis: This means a right-sided curvature in the spine. Looking from the back, the main curve would be to the right (but other there are 'correcting' curves above and below to the left to help you stay upright). This type of right sided sciolosis is the most common form, esp. In young patients... The degree is important to know to advise you better... Good luck! ...Read more
It is dangerous to get punched anywhere
please avoid getting punched. ...Read more
This should be answ-:
Ered by your spinal surgeon, who knows you and your condition. Anyone else giving you options might not be the right thing to do, for you, except confusing the issue further. Google it and you'll get all options, but what's best for you, has to be from your surgeon, and no one else.
Good luck. ...Read more
Thoracic Spine: Pain at the level of the bra-strap is a very common pain location in middle aged (sorry...) women... We have a hard time determining the cause usually, but poor posture is a common reason. Otherwise, the cervical spine can radiate pain down to that area and deserves a workup. Injections in the T-spine facet joints may help. Good luck! ... avoid rushing into surgery for this. ...Read more
Thoracic pain: This is a very nonspecific complaint. However, it is rare to have a significant problem that requires treatment in the thoracic spine. Thoracic pain is usually muscular in young patients and can be managed with pilates, yoga, piyo for core. Ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. Mckenzie pt if pain continues (doc's rx needed), further studies if pain no better. ...Read more