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Neurogurgeon or orthopedic for cervical spine problems?

Neurogurgeon or orthopedic for cervical spine problems?

Either: A well trained surgeon of either specialty will do you just fine. The key is finding that surgeon. Asking your physician, as well as friends, family and acquaintances are good stating points in this research. Neurosurgery involves an average of seven years of training in surgery of the brain, spinal column, spinal nerves and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Arterior cervical spine surgery at china?

Done in China: Medical vacations are when persons seek care outside there country usually to save on costs. China has several centers that offer excellent care. ...Read more

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Cervical spine MRI showed normal spine curvature but straight spinal cord that didn't follow spinal curve. What is this?

Cervical spine MRI showed normal spine curvature but straight spinal cord that didn't follow spinal curve. What is this?

Normal: The cord does not travel exactly as the bony architecture does. This is likely more of a comment by the radiologist rather than any real pathology. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

Age: These are all common findings that can be found on cervical MRI in patients over 40. Usually related to aging and the natural degenerative process. Genetics and lifestyle also contribute to these changes. ...Read more

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What specialist treats cervical spine problems?

Spine specialists: These include neurosurgeons, pain doctors, rehab doctors, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. ...Read more

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Painful cervical spine?

Ubiquitous: Degenerative neck and back pain is akin to wrinkles in the skin. Age happens, and the alternative (bring aging to a grinding halt with death) is not appealing. Accept some aches and pain, use nsaid's/tylenol to control, salonpas hot patches, strengthen the core, consider mckenzie pt (doc's rx needed). If persistent, further evaluation. Should not be life altering under most circumstances. ...Read more

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How effective are disc replacement options in lumbar spine? Cervical spine?

See below: They are safe and effective and have similar results as the clasSic ACDF their advantages over the fusion are theoretical in my opinion the Acdf has a 95% chance at relieving arm pain neither are neck pain procedures , both do a good job relieving arm pain from pinched neck nerves early adopters of new technology can be surprised by outcomes since they are not as well studied without long term ...Read more

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Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could: Cervical spine MRI will show spine more. Mri neck will show more soft tissues in neck and not concentrate on spine. ...Read more

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Is a neuro surgeon or spine surgeon better equipped to do cervical spinal decompression?

Both able to: Neurosurgeons are spine surgeons by nature and receive training in spine surgery throughout their residency. Orthopedic spine surgeons generally do not get as much spine surgery training in residency, however they complete a spine surgery fellowship after residency. It ultimately comes down to the individual surgeon and how comfortable you are with them and he/she is with particular procedure. ...Read more

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What causes a fused cervical vertebrae?

Fusion: A cervical vertebra can fuse for many reasons. They can be that way from birth (congenital) They can occasionally fuse from long term disc collapse (spondylosis) Or they can be fused with a surgical procedure (cervical fusion surgery). ...Read more

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Lumbar canal stenosis is orthopedic or neurosurgical problem?

Lumbar canal stenosis is orthopedic or neurosurgical problem?

LLumbar Stenosis: Either an Orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in spine or a neurosurgeon can help you with lumbar stenosis. Many times conservative treatment with therapy and injections and medications can give one relief of painful symptoms. Hope this help. Take care. Joe Wilson ...Read more

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What is status post-lower cervical spine fusion and diskectomy?

A term meaning that: Someone had a spine surgery involving the neck most typically from anterior or front approach involving removal of cervical disc and filling the disc space with either bone or a cage & bone as well as possibly some spine instrumentation or hardware in the lower part of the neck or cervical spine. The disc spaces range from c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c5-6, c6-7 & c7-t1. The lower 3 would be one of them. ...Read more

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How serious is cervical spinal fusion..?

A common procedure: Cervical spinal fusion for a herniated cervical disc is a common procedure done by neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. There are certainly risks to the surgery, but in the proper hands the outcomes are excellent. You also need to evaluate the situation and ensure that the symptoms can be treated effectively with the fusion. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Unfortunately....no: As an osteopathic physician, whose practice includes "manipulative therapy, " it is my opinion that spinal stenosis is not correctable with any form of manipulation or physical medicine. This is unfortunately a surgical condition, and i would professionally recommend a consultation with a neurosurgeon, vs. An orthopedist. Your condition requires more expertise, and your end result will be better. ...Read more

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What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy cervical region?

What is intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy cervical region?

Cord compression due: To disc issue in the neck region usually with degenerative disc disease ; a small spinal canal diameter. Prior history of neck injury can accelerate degenerative changes ; smokers accelerate this rate 4x over a nonsmoker. A herniated large disc can cause a myelopathy which is cord compression but it is most often associated with degeneration leading to a too narrow spinal canal for the cord. ...Read more

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What exercises recommended for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Postural: Exercises designed to condition the muscles that maintain good posture. A physical therapist or physiatrist may suggest the best ones for you. ...Read more

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Are there orthopedists that specialize in cervical endoscopic spine surgery for stenosis?

An Orthopaedic Spine: Surgeons that is well trained could perform an endoscopic posterior cervical endoscopic surgical procedure to decompress your cervical spine. But you have to make sure you are not focused more on the secondary goal than on the primary goal (properly addressing your pathology and resolving your symptoms). Some pathologies may not be best treated with endoscopy, so beware, and listen to your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have lumbosacral spondylosis without myelopathy, spinal stenosis other than cervical, lumbar region with neurogenic claudication and thoracic radiculitis. What should I do?

I have lumbosacral spondylosis without myelopathy, spinal stenosis other than cervical, lumbar region with neurogenic claudication and thoracic radiculitis. What should I do?

Exercizes: There are two therapies for neurogenic claudication. Many patients who religiously perform the daily stretching and back strenghthening exercizes, get relief. For those who don't decompressive surgery can improve quality of life. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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