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Remedies For Flattened Vertebrae
Is there any surgical options for a symptomatic wedged vertebrae that is old, healed? 14 degree, T7 vertebrae
Yes: Ask for referral to be evaluated by a surgical spine specialist, either ortho or neuro spine. The surgical evaluation will include exam, MRI, injections and discussions about precise diagnosis and treatments. There are options. Take friend or family with you to appointments. Be well. ...Read more
None: First of all, what IS your bone problem? Why do you think you have a bone problem? What do you mean by "spinal cord bone"? There's no such term in anatomy or medicine. Second, homeopathy is worthless. It's not based on any scientific knowledge or facts whatsoever. It was invented over 200 years ago. It was based on mistaken and hopelessly uninformed notions back then and nothing has changed. ...Read more
Are there any natural treatments that would help relieve herniated discs in the neck and head aches?
McKenzie Exercises: Understand, 80% of disc herniations heal over 2-3 months time. Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progressed by a certified pt based upon patient response. Yoga/piyo/pilates also excellent options. Either work well for the muscle tension headaches. See a doc if your symptoms get worse. ...Read more
Ginger, or none: Honestly, there is some evidence to support the use of ginger, although I have not had any success with patients taking this supplement for joint pain. The one supplement that does have strong evidence supporting its use is glucosamine and chondroitin. Those have helped my patients. ...Read more
I have scoliosis, pectus excavatum, and asymmetrically flared ribs. Could wearing a corset help my posture? Are there other non surgical options?
Yes: While a corset may help one's posture, it will not correct or stop the problem of one's bones changing shapes or positions. Nonsurgical options for such conditions may include a body brace that can be worn all day to slow deformation, depending on the severity of symptoms. An orthopedic doctor specializing in spine and scoliosis therapy can evaluate and offer treatment advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any sleeping positions to help relieve the pain of straight neck with four buldging discs c-4-5-6&7?
I have lordosis or kyphosis. S shaped spine & pigeon type chest. Is there a non-surgical way to straighten my spine and chest? How long is treatment?
Scoliosis : No. Surgery is the only option to straighten the spine. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain management and bracing can reduce the pain associated with scoliosis. It is important to be followed by a surgeon who specializes in deformity surgery. If the curve becomes too pronounced (more than 40 degrees then surgery to straighten the spine is indicated over nonoperative treatments. ...Read more
Disc herniation tx: Physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment, and acupuncture can all help. Back exercises/stretching, once symptoms start to improve, can help. Yoga may help. I am not aware of nutritional supplements that are likely to help. In fact, for acute onset back pain, prescriptions frequently are not satisfactorily helpful, either. ...Read more
Diagnosis: partly displaced art. Vertebralis on Atlas. (no injuries, no pain, etc.) Can you recommend which exercises would be good for correcting it?
Vertebral artery: The vertebral artery traces a course through several of the vertebrae in the neck (hence the name). Because the artery is enclosed in bone, if it is partially displaced on the atlas, it cannot be 'corrected.' This is most likely a developmental anomaly (eg. something you were born with). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
W/ bone dysplasia(scoliosis, lordosis, hip).Had correctional surgeries in the 80's.3m spine support and custom insole can help w/ joint and back pain?
Possibly: In my opinion, treatments such as a spine support and custom insole fall into the category of "won't hurt to try." there is no way to predict which patients such treatments will help. I would certainly also recommend active treatments including regular activity and exercises as well as range of motion and strengthening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello. Can Sacral Pseudoarthrosis be congenital? No broken bones ever. Slight scoliosis. Chronic back pain/years. Please advise. Thank you.
Yes: Yes, it can develop as a result of congential segmentation anomalies/anatomic variations. ...Read more
Depends: That is a term that is used differently by various professionals. Physical therapists and chiropractors may use the term to imply that some type of manipulation or therapy is needed to "realign" the spine. In that case pt or chiropractic care might be used to manage your back pain. To an orthopedic surgeon, a true rotation of the vertebrae is seen predominantly in scoliosis and is so treated. ...Read more
Glucosamine: I would recommend glucosamine sulfate and msm 1500mg per day for joint based pain that is related to articular cartilage wear. If you can get a micronized chondroitin sulfate this can help as well. This can also be helpful for maintaining your vertebral disc health. Most herniated discs resolves symptoms with time and appropriate exercises. If not then alternative treatments. ...Read more
Multiple : If no pain, don't worry about it otherwise: exercise, keep your weight down and do not smoke if you have that habit. Sometimes use of medication can be indicated ranging from over the counter to prescription ones. Getting a good night's sleep in a decent mattress can help. Some people like simple elastic back supports and inversion tables too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have T5-6 Extrusion onto a tethered cord causing high grade cord compression, effacement and flattening. is there a pain solution other than drugs?
Tethered spinal cord: Not an easy question to answer - sounds like you have significant cord compression and need some surgical options considered. The pain is from the compression of the roots and cord - I would suggest a consultation with a neurosurgeon to discuss the various options of treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help with interruption of Xray for neck and head pain. Xray reads: there is some uncovertebral spurring at the C4-5 & C5-6 levels. Meaning? Treatment?
Potentially normal : uncovertebral spurring is synonymous with degenerative disc disease/'arthritic ' changes, and is certainly seen commonly by late 40's. While this can lead to chronic neck pain and cervicogenic headache, it is more likely a 'normal' finding. Treatment with physical therapy and neck strengthening exercises is often the initial management. ...Read more
Proper calcium & vit: D3 intake, weight bearing exercise, walking is great. DO NOT SMOKE! avoid 2 much caffeine. That's the best i can do. 1 more thing is 2 have a bone density done so U know where U R. 1600mg cal. & no more than 2000iu of VD3. Consider all Ur sources of Ca. B 4 U supplement. ...Read more
Will a inversion table help relieve my pain.Ten years ago dr. Completely remived one of four protruding disc. Also have spinal canal stenosis.
Temporarily : Inversion table may improve your symptoms temporarily but will not cure your spinal stenosis. Additionally, if you have not had any recent neuroimaging studies of your spine, should discuss your condition and treatment options with your doctor or spine surgeon before taking up inversion table. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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