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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

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Spinal Disease (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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?

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?

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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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?

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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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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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

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I have a very rare spinal disease called adhesive arachnoiditis. I am wondering if there is any treatment?

I have a very rare spinal disease called adhesive arachnoiditis. I am wondering if there is any treatment?

Arachnoiditis (spine): The symptoms of arachnoiditis can be treated with medications such as membrane stabilizers (like gabapentin), antidepressants and other pain meds. Dorsal column stimulation can also decrease its symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure or reversal of arachnoiditis yet... ...Read more

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Could an anxiety or panic disorder start at any age, not even till 38? Fibro, chronic pain-spinal disease& intense stress w/kids now, teens trouble w/law

Could an anxiety or panic disorder start at any age, not even till 38? Fibro, chronic pain-spinal disease& intense stress w/kids now, teens trouble w/law

Yes it can: Panic attacks can start at any age though the start earlier, however as we discussed before, panic attacks or severe anxiety attacks if you will, happen within the context of all types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, ocd, simple phobias. ..Etc. So please see our doctor for more proper and accurate assessment good luck. ...Read more

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I have a mild spondylolisthesis. What kind of treatments should I consider other than spinal fusion?

I have a mild spondylolisthesis. What kind of treatments should I consider other than spinal fusion?

Spondylolisthesis: You have had this likely since age 6-8 years old. That is when this problem seems to surface. Most commonly, this is an incidental finding present in 5-6% of the asymptomatic population. Make sure you have tried pt (mckenzie, avoid hyperextension), nsaid's, and nerve root or pars injections. Activity modifications until symptoms resolve may also be necessary. If all else fails, fusion. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

Gradual worsening: Gradual worsening with foot drops if you have significant neurologic symptoms peotecting the nervesc with reconstruction has a better long term out com if you have only axial backache surgical outcome is less obviously beneficial wiltze urged us to wait for the leg pain then intervene if you don't have leg pain then your nerves are ok. ...Read more

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What are exercises I can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

What are exercises I can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

Several: Weight bearing exercise will increase your bone mass. Since you have stenosis exercises with you sitting or flexed would be comfortable like a bike or on a treadmill with an incline. Yoga and pilates for core stabilization as well. ...Read more

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Had a spinal fusion at L5 for spondylolisthesis in 2012. Been weightlifting for about 1.5 years now. Should I have limits even with no pain?

Had a spinal fusion at L5 for spondylolisthesis in 2012. Been weightlifting for about 1.5 years now. Should I have limits even with no pain?

Your best bet: Is to review this with your surgeon as he/she will best know/understand the complexities of the your present post surgical spinal anatomy. Remember, just because you have no pain, doesn't mean that your not traumatizing your spine. ...Read more

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Does spinal dysraphism surgery in newborn causes problems in later life. My son now 15 having pain in legs due to spondylolisthesis at l5-s1, ?

Does spinal dysraphism surgery in newborn causes problems in later life. My son now 15 having pain in legs due to spondylolisthesis at l5-s1, ?

Talk to MD: This problem could have many causes. I would suggest an evaluation by a neurosurgeon. With mris and physical examination they would be able to offer a course of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

Is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone (spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord ...Read more