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Why is impossible to repair a spinal column.?

Why is impossible to repair a spinal column.?

Mild confusion: The spinal column, the bone and soft tissue segmented column that surrounds/supports/protects the spinal cord, can be repaired. The bundle of nerves that make up the spinal cord, that structure that causes paralysis when injured, cannot be repaired. Why it is so is a bit of a mystery. ...Read more

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Which part of the spinal column has the narrowest canal for the cord to pass through?

Which part of the spinal column has the narrowest canal for the cord to pass through?

Canal anatomy: The diameter of the bony spinal canal is largest c1-2, and then in the lumbar spine. The spinal cord ends at l1-2. Generally, the canal is relatively constant in diameter from the cervical to thoracic spine accommodating the cord and providing another 60% of its diameter as a buffer for spinal fluid and tissues. Average diameters are around 17mm throughout and considered critical if under 10 mm. ...Read more

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My spinal column has burning like sensation. My mid to lower spinal column has indented severely in last few years. What can be the causes?

My spinal column has burning like sensation. My mid to lower spinal column has indented severely in last few years. What can be the causes?

Degeneration: Your description of the indenting suggests possible deformity, such as scoliosis. This can occur with degeneration of the spine (disks, joints are arthritic). The pain may also be coming from this process. You may wish to see a spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Why does my spinal column feel bruised?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes of back pain that feels like it is up and down the spinal column. A detailed exam and perhaps an MRI will usually determine the cause. Potential causes can include multi level degenerative disc disease, muscle spasm, or multiple level facet arthritis thy to name a few. There are also inflammatory conditions that affect the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

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A 49 to 48 years old women, she say's that her vertebral column, and or spinal column hurts. Why does this happen, and what are the treatments?

A 49 to 48 years old women, she say's that her vertebral column, and or spinal column hurts. Why does this happen, and what are the treatments?

Spine pain: This can be many things: arthritis, a herniated vertebral disc, nerve compression, simple muscle strain, tumor, etc. Baseline xrays are needed to really narrow the diagnosis down. ...Read more

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Can height gain be possible after 18 for a female by changing diet and sleeping well with high HGH levels ? How can I lengthen my spinal column?

Can height gain be possible after 18 for a female by changing diet and sleeping well with high HGH levels ? How can I lengthen my spinal column?

If no growth last yr: An 18 yr old is not growing taller if her growth plates have fused. If not fused, she may grow a tiny bit (pediatrician's growth chart for her can tell if growth has stopped). To look taller, one can choose properly designed clothing ; shoes, and have good posture. Vitamins, supplements, "special" foods, extra exercise, etc... Will not make her taller if she already closed her growth plates. ...Read more

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My friend fractured a spinal column while doing gymnastics. What the treatments be?

My friend fractured a spinal column while doing gymnastics. What the treatments be?

Spine fracture: Depending on the location and the type of fracture, it could be just immobilization in a brace or collar or surgery may be indicated if there is instability. That is typically rare from a fall, though. Have her/h evaluated by a spine trauma specialist to determine the extend of injury and have yourself educated about treatment options. Good luck. ...Read more