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How could you relieve the pain of spinal stenosis in an 80 year old?

How could you relieve the pain of spinal stenosis in an 80 year old?

Hope this helps: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online). ...Read more

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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What the usually symptoms of having a herniated disk in the low back L5 s1 ? Does this involve the sciatic nerve? I have a lot of pain in leg to ankle

What the usually symptoms of having a herniated disk in the low back L5 s1 ? Does this involve the sciatic nerve? I have a lot of pain in leg to ankle

See details: A herniated disc in this area compresses a nerve root which is a component of the sciatic nerve. Your symptoms suggest this to be the case. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

Depends : The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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I'd like to talk to someone about an operation on my back for spinal stenosis I also have bulging discs. My actual diagnosis is developmental spinal stenosis?

I'd like to talk to someone about an operation on my back for spinal stenosis I also have bulging discs. My actual diagnosis is developmental spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis : You need to consult a Neuro surgeon or Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in such surgery and has done several of those surgeries a month . These types of surgeries are often complicated and have long recovery time . In the end when successful they are worth the pain time and effort . Best luck ...Read more

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If central canal stenosis at l4/l5 from respective MRI goes from mild to severe in 2.5 years what is the likely expectation in say another 1-2 years

If central canal stenosis at l4/l5 from respective MRI goes from mild to severe in 2.5 years what is the likely expectation in say another 1-2 years

Low lumbar stenosis: can be caused by many things, such as disc extrusion (herniation) and spondylolysis (chronic fracture of the posterior bony elements). Disc extrusions can get better or worse, depending on circumstances. Spondylolisthesis typically progresses to a certain point and then stops, but by that point you will have nerve pinching symptoms. If you have MR on CD, I can review it at healthtap.com/saurbornmd ...Read more

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How can I help my 89 year old mother with compression fracture of the vertebrae not be in such pain?

How can I help my 89 year old mother with compression fracture of the vertebrae not be in such pain?

Stabilizes fracture: Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. It relieves the pain by stabilizing the fracture. Check out kyphon.Com. ...Read more

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What could cause bone pain in the legs of an 18 year old female?

What could cause bone pain in the legs of an 18 year old female?

Deep leg pain: Could be caused by numerous problems such as deep vein thrombophlebitis (blood clot ), injury, shin splints, or masses within the bone. ...Read more

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What would be the typical procedure for a c5-6 congenital fusion with compressed c6exit route cause sever pain and tingling.

What would be the typical procedure for a c5-6 congenital fusion with compressed c6exit route cause sever pain and tingling.

If the symptoms-: -matched the C-6 root & side, injections may help 2 locate the level 4 sure, then it's possible an ACDF, or a posterior foraminotomy @ that level. All depends on the spinal surgeon U C., & what his training was (so her). ...Read more

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How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood a root block injection will provide a long term fix for the back pain i feel due to my minor l5/s1 bulging disk?

What is the likelihood a root block injection will provide a long term fix for the back pain i feel due to my minor l5/s1 bulging disk?

Root block: A nerve root block is most typically done for the purpose of improving radiating leg pain (aka radiculopathy or sciatica). If you are having isolated back pain then a root block is actually unlikely to help. For a minor bulging disk, most patients will improve with conservative treatment measures such as physical therapy and nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). ...Read more

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Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible ?

Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible ?

Yes: Chronic sciatica can cause not only numbess but also weakness and with time atrophy. Unfortunately, sometimes even with surgery to decompress the nerve, the weakness and atrophy may still persist. These type of findings may be a good indication for surgery. ...Read more

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After having spine surgery how common is it to get an infection in your discs and vertebra?

After having spine surgery how common is it to get an infection in your discs and vertebra?

Uncommon: This is a known but uncommon infection after spine surgery. Overall infection rates after spine surgery range from 0.2-5%. ...Read more

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Little pain at the end of the spinal cord. I am 18years old. What may be the problem?

Little pain at the end of the spinal cord. I am 18years old. What may be the problem?

See details: The possible causes are many including issues such as sprains or congenital problems. If you are concerned have the problem evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

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What are the most effective ways to get a herniated disc back in place? I have a large herniated disc in the L4/L5 region.

What are the most effective ways to get a herniated disc back in place? I have a large herniated disc in the L4/L5 region.

Herniated disc: Not too much to get it back into place - given that it is a large one. But you do things to make it less symptomatic - PT, core strengthening, injections, medication, Stem Cell/PRP disc injections. ...Read more

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I have a 32 degree curve of the spine due to scoliosis. Will going to a chiropractor help with the constant pain?

I have a 32 degree curve of the spine due to scoliosis. Will going to a chiropractor help with the constant pain?

See below: Chiropractic may help. I would also advise that you see either an orthopedist or a physiatrist (specialist in rehab medicine). ...Read more

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Going to start epidural injections in my back for the pain caused from a lumbar sprain. What is it like?

Going to start epidural injections in my back for the pain caused from a lumbar sprain. What is it like?

See below: These injections or not given for a lumbar strain. This usually responds with physical therapy. You may have some other disk pathology which this procedure has been recommended to you . These injections are usually given 1 to 2 weeks apart. There are usually administered by a orthopedic surgeon pain management anesthesiologist and administered with local anesthesia under flouro scopic guidance. Please review all the benefits risks and alternatives and complications associated with the procedure with the physician who is doing the procedure at least one week in advance prior to undertaking this procedure. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Stenosis (Definition)

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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A condition in which there is a narrowing of the spaces within the spine, which can put pressure ...Read more