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Dr. Lali Sekhon
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Spinal Cord Compression (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Lali Sekhon
71 doctors shared insights

Spinal Cord Compression (Overview)

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.


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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
Once
Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
Daily
Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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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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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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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
Daily
Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
Once
See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
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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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Spinal cord compression treatment?

Relieve compression: Spinal cord compression usually requires urgent surgical intervention to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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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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