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Medicine For Degeneration Of Cervical Spine
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 more
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
No: The degeneration of the cervical spine (neck skeleton) should have no effect on the thyroid gland. The gland is separated from the spine by the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (swallowing tube that transports food from mouth to stomach). ...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 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 more
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 more
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 more
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Bone spurs: Posterior osteophytic spurs of the cervical spine are bone spurs around the back of the disc space and in front of the spinal cord. They are normal findings in age related degenerative disease but they may cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Pressure on a nerve may cause pain, weakness or numbness. Spinal cord compression may cause pain and loss of coordination or other symptoms. ...Read more
Benign nerve growth: A neuroma is a benign tumor or overgrowth of nerve cells which may grow from the nerve or be due to a focal injury. Neuromas can occur anywhere a nerve is. A cervical spine neuroma arises from nerves exiting the spine in the neck region. Many are small, and cause no problem. Larger ones or ones affecting muscle and pain function need evaluation. Your neurologist can help. ...Read more
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I apologize: But there are so many, its difficult to answer in this shortened forum. There really are, from different pathologies to different approaches, and even different styles. There is a site, www. Spine-health. Com that can be of some benefit in walking you through some of the more common ones. I wish I could be more helpful, but I hope the site provides some info you are looking for. ...Read more
Spine alignment: Retrolisthesis describes the position of one vertebra being out of alignment relative to the rest of the spinal column. The abnormal cervical vertebra is positioned behind or posterior to its normal position relative to the adjacent vertebra. This may be normal for you, or may indicate an instability. Your doctor can help determine the severity and implication of the retrolisthesis. ...Read more
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Every disc n my cervical spine is herniated, can't take the pain anymore, pain dr says no more "lysis tx's", had 2 many. What is something else close?
Where is your pain?: What does lysis trx mean, epidural lysis of adjesions or rf ablation of facet iinnervation? Cervical disc herniations cause arm pain generally how many is too many? Its good to abandon failed treatments and move on to next suspected pain generator theory it is unlikely that all disc herniations are similtaneously symptomatic too many targets to be effective. ...Read more