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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Spinal Disease (Overview)

This is a very general term. Spinal disease can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar (low back) spine. Typically, patients will have neck or low back pain secondary to degeneration of the spine or wear and tear. Patients can suffer disk herniations, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), formation of bone spurs, etc. Pain can also be due to trauma or fractures


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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
69 doctors shared insights

Spinal Disease (Overview)

This is a very general term. Spinal disease can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar (low back) spine. Typically, patients will have neck or low back pain secondary to degeneration of the spine or wear and tear. Patients can suffer disk herniations, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), formation of bone spurs, etc. Pain can also be due to trauma or fractures


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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
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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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
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
Once
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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

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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

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
Once
Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: Spinal disease?

Spinal Disease: This is a very general term. Spinal disease can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar (low back) spine. Typically, patients will have neck or low back pain secondary to degeneration of the spine or wear and tear. Patients can suffer disk herniations, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), formation of bone spurs, etc. Pain can also be due to trauma or fractures ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
Once
Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
Once
Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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Found out l have degenerative spinal disease is exercise good?

Djd: Yes exercise is always good. Degenerative disease is a normal process of getting old. Not all instances are necessarily painful. Exercise with strengthening is always good as it takes up some of the stress on the affected areas. You basically exercise according to your level of tolerance. ...Read more

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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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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
once
Treat symptoms
once
See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is meant by "guarded prognosis" relating to spinal disease?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is meant by "guarded prognosis" relating to spinal disease?

Spine disorder: A guarded prognosis means that the future of this disease is not well known and significant complications may occur. No one has a crystal ball so seek another opinion for clarification. ...Read more

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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

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
daily
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Is there autoimmune disease that attacks ur spine? Spinal disease... Spine has degenerated extremely in past 6 ys, 7 spinal surgeries many more 2 com

There are: Seronegative spondyloarthropathies can attack the spine; however they do not cause degenerative disk disease which is what it sounds like you have diagnosed with. Imaging is able to distinguish between the two. Talk to your doctor to clarify your diagnosis. ...Read more