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Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core exercises: Neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill can be done almost immediately even while in a brace, these include planks and "bird dog" as well as abdominal pull ins. The key here is to maintain a neutral spine. Videos are on youtube and may be adapted. Definitely coordinate this with your surgeon and physical therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Stretching Exercise (Definition)

Stretching can decrease muscle cramping. At the first sign of a muscle spasm, stop your activity and try stretching and massaging the affected muscle. Heat will relax the muscle when the spasm begins, but ice may be helpful after the first spasm and when ...Read more


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Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

No: Sciatica is a pain symptom of a pinched nerve in the spine. Spinal cord injury is an actual/potential damage to the spinal cord resulting in a sensory or motor deficit. The two are very different. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about either. ...Read more

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Bowel management for spinal cord injury?

Bowel management for spinal cord injury?

What type of injury?: Upper motor neuron, or lower motor neuron injury will start to guide the management. Then there are too many variables that will need to be considered. A sci bowel routine is best developed with a specialist in the field. See an sci doc or nurse they can help. If unable consider this, the paralyzed veterans of america have developed a consumers guide to sci bowel care. Download for free at pva web. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a form spinal cord injury?

No: Spinal Cord Injury is very different than sciatica. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist that can discuss this in more detail for you. ...Read more

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Does Spinal Cord Stimulation reduce chronic osteoarthritis pain?

Does  Spinal Cord Stimulation reduce chronic osteoarthritis  pain?

Not wise.: Its like using a sledge hammer to crack a soft boiled egg. It is a dangerous procedure that has numerous complications and last for only a few months to a year. No OA is that bad. If spinal OA consider RFA-Radio Frequency Ablation. Its relief also transient but has almost NO complications and is done in 30" at an out patient facility and repeated ad lib. Ask a physiatrist, MD. ...Read more

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Lumbar spondylosis, should walking exercises be continued?

Lumbar spondylosis, should walking exercises be continued?

Stay mobile: I tell my patients to stay mobile and exercise as much as they can, and formal therapy can also improve one's back problems. ...Read more

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Will spinal cord stimulation help alleviate pain?

Will spinal cord stimulation help alleviate pain?

It is a good option: If other things have failed everbody is different it doesnt work100% thats why there is a one week trial. ...Read more

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What are wheelchair transfers after a spinal cord injury?

See answer below: Wheelchair transfers refer to transfers that a person with a spinal cord injury who is using a wheelchair must perform when going from the wheelchair to a bed, to a couch, to a car, to a shower bench, and back into the wheelchair. Sliding boards are initially used to make the transfers easier. ...Read more

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How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

Reflexes=levels: Stretch reflexes in the arms and legs can all be connected mostly to 1 or 2 spinal cord levels above the injury level reflexes will be normal. Depending on the age and location of the injury reflexes below the injury will either be missing early on or stronger than normal later. Also helpful to diagnosis is that left and right sides may be different from each other. ...Read more

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Can I decrease spinal stenosis pain by stretching?

Can I decrease spinal stenosis pain by stretching?

Yes: Absolutely! stretching and strengthening will decrease muscle strain and strengthen the muscles that support your spine. This will lead to decreased pain. ...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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Spinal cord insult, on high dose gabapentin post compressions, laminectomies?

Spinal cord insult, on high dose gabapentin post compressions, laminectomies?

Pain management: Gabapentin can help reduce pain from neurologic injuries. It does not fix anything, however. Your question is lacking a point. Has your spinal cord injury been helped by the decompression? ...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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Painful tight muscles from reverse lordosis of cervical spine?

Neck spasm: Significant muscle spasms usually will cause reversed lordosis of the neck spine. You will need an evaluation from a rehabilitation medicine specialist and probably undergo physical therapy also. ...Read more

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Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Thoracic disc: Yes. Generally extension exercises can help with a thoracic disc due to the fact that the native thoracic spine is in flexion (which compresses the disc). ...Read more

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Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Non-surgical?: If you are referring to non-surgical spinal decompression employed mostly by chiropractors, there is very little evidence showing its efficacy. It is a very costly treatment that uses traction to relieve pain caused by a disc herniation and nerve root compression. It has not shown to be any different then allowing time to allow inflammation to improve. ...Read more

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Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Will exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Yes: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. A routine exercise program can help with lower back pain. See your physician before starting any new exercise program. ...Read more

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Pain at my back near spinal cord I think its genetic . Is there any exercise or solution for this?

Pain at my back near spinal cord I think its genetic . Is there any exercise or solution for this?

Back pain: See your doctor for an exam to make sure you are otherwise healthy. Ask him/her about physical therapy, massage, water therapy, personal trainer, yoga, etc. Natural and non-invasive treatment for an otherwise healthy young man might be best. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

Reflexes=levels: Stretch reflexes in the arms and legs can all be connected mostly to 1 or 2 spinal cord levels above the injury level reflexes will be normal. Depending on the age and location of the injury reflexes below the injury will either be missing early on or stronger than normal later. Also helpful to diagnosis is that left and right sides may be different from each other. ...Read more

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How do you exercise your lower back without straining your spinal cord?

How do you exercise your lower back without straining your spinal cord?

Pilates or aqua exer: Pilates puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Or aquatic exercise. We are about 80% lighter standing in chest deep water due to buoyancy. This will make exercising easier. If you have a spinal cord injury, check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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How do you exercise your lower back without straining your spinal cord?

How do you exercise your lower back without straining your spinal cord?

Use the web: And look up low back exercises. None of these are likely to put significant pressure on your spinal cord. ...Read more

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When i exercise,if i bend down theres pain in the middle part of my spinal cord in the bones.what shld i do?

More info: Your question is very non specific. The chances are you mean spine and not spinal cord. You need to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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How does a hyperactive stretch reflex (due to spinal cord injury) result in clonus?

How does a hyperactive stretch reflex (due to spinal cord injury) result in clonus?

Brakes are released: The quick answer: the brain/spinal cord send electrical fibers to control the muscles. When the fibers are severed, the muscles "do their own thing", unregulated. http://www.livestrong.com/article/197920-causes-of-clonus/. ...Read more

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How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

Much too common: Since many spinal cord injuries result in permanent numbness, weakness, and even paralysis, it is important to protect your spinal cord. Avoid high risk behaviors and be smart. During summer months especially we see spinal cord injuries from jumping head first into shallow pools or rivers, and from high speed car/motorcycle accidents, often with alcohol involved. Be safe! ...Read more

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What are signs of recovering from a spinal cord accident?

What are signs of recovering from a spinal cord accident?

You should ask your : Doctor. The spinal cord can be damaged in many ways. You will have sensory changes, loss of motor and bladder and bowel function if the injury is severe. And if you are lucky and can heal - then these functions will slowly repair themselves. ...Read more

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If if it's benign and small, and affecting the spinal cord?

???: What is benign and small, and how is it affecting the spinal cord?? Please ask a direct question and we will respond. Do not understand what you need. ...Read more

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What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

Many things : It depends on what they mean by widening. It could be that it is being flattened spreading it wider due to compression in the neck from a herniated disc and/or facet joint arthritis. Or it could be something inside the spinal cord like extra fluid or even a tumor causing enlargement of the cord. ...Read more

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Which part of your spinal cord would you have to damage to die?

Which part of your spinal cord would you have to damage to die?

Teansection of your: Spinal cord can be fatal. The people who live usually... Have continued respiratory functions. If you cannot support breathing - you will die. If you transect the cord lower than your muscles of respiration you are more likely to survive. But in many cases people only partially transect the crod so they can maintain breathing. ...Read more

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What's the most common tumor of the spinal cord?

What's the most common tumor of the spinal cord?

Metastatic tumors: By incidence, the most common tumors that affect the spinal cord (sc) are metastatic (55%; from lung, breast, prostate or lymphoma). Looking at the sc from superficial to deep, the next layer affected are tumors within the dural sac but out of the sc (40%). These include schwannomas and meningiomas. Last layer are tumor within the sc (about 5%), which include astrocytomas and ependymomas. ...Read more

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What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

Many: In the acute period: further loss of cord function, pneumonia, blood clots, pressure sores, urinary tract infections, acute depression. Later on: urinary tract infection, pressure sores, autonomic dysreflexia (severe high blood pressure), fractures and deformity of the paralyzed limbs, osteoporosis, depression. ...Read more

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Please describe the most common tumor of the spinal cord?

Metastatic: Primary tumors of the spinal cord are uncommon. Spinal cord is affected more frequently by tumors metastatic to the spine. ...Read more

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Protruding discs pushing on spinal cord, how is this fixed?

Depends on severity: It can range from not severe with mild stenosis, where injections and pain medications with physical therapy can resolve the situation, to severe where a fusion of your vertebrae with disc removal has to be done, and multiple treatments in between. Best person to ask would be the person who ordered the MRI or the doc they are sending you to. ...Read more

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What happens if the t8 segment of the spinal cord has a lesion?

What happens if the t8 segment of the spinal cord has a lesion?

T8 lesion: A lesion at T8 may cause numbness from the waist down, weakness of the legs, increased reflexes in the legs, urinary retention, or constipation. The symptoms vary with the location, size and cause of the lesion. ...Read more

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What are the most common spinal cord lesions/diseases in infants?

What are the most common spinal cord lesions/diseases in infants?

Type 0 SMA: is the most common. The literature suggests there should be absent reflexes but this is not always the case. Autosomal dominant condition with 1/80 carrier state. There is a blood test for this. ...Read more

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

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

Inflammation : Definition of inflammation of the spinal cord could be a very long list of causes. But in short inflammation is some sort of irritation to the cord that can be caused by infection, injection of foreign materials or even bleeding into the area around the cord. It is a very general terminology and in a diagnostic workup would have to be more focused on what might the causes of the inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more