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Degeneration Of Cervical Spine In Children
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fairly common: Finding. This does not mean you will be disabled, just that arthritis is setting in and the discs are not as healthy as one would want. Work on strengthening your neck, helping support the area. Range of motion and stretching exercises, and stay well hydrated. Consider physical therapy as well if you start to notice pain and see a physician if you have any radiation of pain into arms. Best of luck. ...Read more
With a T-score of -3.5 in spine, -1.3 in hip and degeneration of cervical discs, can I expect to live normally with medications?
Yes: The osteoporosis is significant and searches for causes other than just age is needed. Given your young age and advanced osteoporosis aggressive therapy is needed with meds and calcium/vitamin d. The joint pain can certainly be controlled with mild pain medication, physical therapy and attention to life style measures ( posture, etc). ...Read more
Impressions: 1) broad based central disc protusion at l4-l5 level. 2) mild degeneration changes in cervical and lower lumbar spine.
Not unusual: What you have listed under the impressions seems to be a report from an MRI scan or ct scan of the spine. In a 26 year old, these are not unusual findings. The disc bulge refers to an outpouching of the l4-5 disc. It is not frankly ruptured or herniated. This goes along with the degenerative changes you mention, which are often referred to also as arthritic changes of the spine. ...Read more
I had a t2-l1 posterior spinal fusion 5 years ago. I having been experiencing pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. Is this due to degeneration?
Possibly: At your age, the reason why you had the spinal fusion is important as degenerative disease is uncommon without underlying trauma or other arthropathy. Pain in the lumbar region that is due to muscle spasm can transmit/radiate to neck and neck pain can transmit/radiate to the lower back. Need to discuss the discomfort with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis or wear and tear arthritis is exceedingly common in the neck vertebrae. Symptoms are usually neck stiffness and discomfort on neck motions.Medications like Tylenol may ease discomfort, but anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve are more effective. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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