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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

Yes: Many times we do not know there is spinal cord compression until the patient presents with some complaint of pain or weakness. Mris can show us changes within the cord which can help to confirm the level of injury. If there is weakness and compression then surgical decompression is warranted. This may result in some improvement in pain and weakness, but there may not be full recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Lali Sekhon
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Spinal Cord Compression (Definition)

Spinal cord compression refers to physical compression of the cervical or thoracic spinal cord. This can occur from injury, infection or tumors. There is also chronic compression from stenosis (narrowing of the spinal confines). The symptoms and outcome vary depending on the cause and the location. Surgical decompression (removing the cause of the compression) is ...Read more


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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

Depends on Cause: Spinal cord compression occurs when something is pressing down on the nerves so that they do not function properly. Depending on the cause and location of the compression a person could experience, numbness, pain and loss of motor function if severe. A sudden loss of motor function is significant and should not be ignored. Constant compression can cause permanent damage. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

See below: That there is something, bone, disc material, tumor, something reducing the diameter on the spinal canal and causing pressure/compression of the spinal cord and that the compression is acute or rapidly progressing in nature. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

Progressive weakness: Spinal cord compression refers to physical compression of the cervical or thoracic spinal cord. This can occur from injury, infection or tumors. There is also chronic compression from stenosis (narrowing of the spinal confines). The symptoms and outcome vary depending on the cause and the location. Surgical decompression (removing the cause of the compression) is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Possibly: In most people, the spinal cord ends at the top of the lumbar spine. Hence, most lumbar problems are too low to account for spinal cord compression. However, thoracic or upper lumbar spinal cord compression can be accompanied by pain, usually higher up. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could spinal cord compression cause psychosis?

Please tell me, could spinal cord compression cause psychosis?

Doubtful: Compression if the cord would more likely produce weakness, pain or paralysis. Adverse reactions to medications used to treat the symptoms of compression could produce psychosis. ...Read more

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Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression that is severe, what to do?

Spinal cord compress: If the compression is "severe" and you are symptomatic then you need to seriously consider getting the disc that has herniated removed surgically. A consultation with a neurosurgeon would be very helpful here. ...Read more

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I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

?surgical decompress: Do you have signs of lumbar stenosis? Are you experiencing bladder or bowel problems. Is your stenosis at t-10 to t-12 the only focal problem. See a neurological surgeon, evaluate the potential for surgical relief. If you do nothing, the prognosis could be indeed dismal. Please get proactive and seek treatment. ...Read more

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What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

Let me explain: When you have spinal cord compression documented by mri, the first step is to try remove the compression by surgical means if that possible. To treat the sequence of the compression you could electrical stimulation and possibly acupuncture. I hope that answer the question for you. ...Read more

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