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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
63 doctors shared insights

Spinal Disease (Overview)

Spinal disease is a condition caused by the bones of the spine putting pressure on the spinal cord or outgoing nerves.


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What is degenarative spinal disease?

What is degenarative spinal disease?

Wear & tear: The end result of an active lifestyle combined with adverse genetics may include disc degeneration, bone spurs, arthritic spinal , (facet) joints, abnormal movement, nerve root compression, compression fractures, & just plain old pain. ...Read more

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
63 doctors shared insights

Spinal Disease (Overview)

Spinal disease is a condition caused by the bones of the spine putting pressure on the spinal cord or outgoing nerves.


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What are the common symptoms of spinal disease?

What are the common symptoms of spinal disease?

Variable!: Degenerative is part of the human condition. It can be silent (no symptoms). It is often associated with discomfort in the neck, mid back, and low back. If there is nerve or spinal cord irritation (compression, inflammation) there can be nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling , weakness, trouble walking, trouble controlling bladder and bowels). The problems vary widely in type & severity. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
Daily
Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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What specialist can give me diagnosis on a possible spinal disease?

What specialist can give me diagnosis on a possible spinal disease?

Spinal disease: Certainly your pcp, also neurologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic spine surgeon, pain doctor, rehab medicine doctor can also do this for you. ...Read more

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Who knows most about a spinal disease?

Orthopaedic Surgeons: I admit my answer is (as all answers are) biased. Orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, neurologists, physiatrists (rehabilitation doctors), and pain doctors (often anesthesiologists) are specialists, but internal medicine and family practitioners see an awful lot of back pain as well. ...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 is meant by "guarded prognosis" if spinal disease?

Guarded prognosis: This typically means that based on the condition we cannot make a clean cut determination as to which way pone could go. Essentially you have a 50/50 chance of getting better or getting worse. ...Read more

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I have no insurance or money to see a doctor, what can I do to treat a possible spinal disc disease/disk stenosis?

I have no insurance or money to see a doctor, what can I do to treat a possible spinal disc disease/disk stenosis?

Core strengthening: Most treatment plans for back injuries begin with strengthening core (abdominal and lower back) muscle groups and increasing flexibility, particularly in the hamstrings and lower back. Yoga, pilates, and similar programs are very good at accomplishing these goals. Exercise programs based on cycling and swimming are low impact activities, very helpful in rehabilitation and prevention of back pain. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What is the treatment for spinal disease?

What is the treatment for spinal disease?

Depends: It depends on the symptoms and their severity. Many folks respond well to simple measures like exercise, stretching, strengthening, over the counter medicine. More severe problems do better with the guidance of a spine specialist, assessment, testing and treatment. ...Read more