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Spinal Disk Removal
Spinal discs are located between the vertebrae (blocks of bone) of the spine (expect the upper 2). They act like shock absorbers and are also important in allowing our spines to be flexible. They have a tough outer rim made of strong fibers and a fleshier shock-absorbing tissue in the center. These "shocks" can wear out with routine life activities, age and injuries. They can ...Read more
Unlikely: Damage to a vertebral disc can occur gradually, such as wear and tear or suddenly as an acute injury. Since trauma is the main vehicle, generic sleep patterns would be unlikely to cause damage. Of course, if you have violent dreams, and fall out of bed, there could be a night-time reason. ...Read more
Many treatments: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My spinal disk connecting neck to head has a slight congenital thinness. Should i be concerned about a mild chronic neck pain?
No as disc space : Narrowing is a sign of us aging in terms of the spine which has been demonstrated to begin as early as 10 years of age with males showing signs on x-rays at an earlier age than females with smoking accelerating these changes as well as trauma and genetic basis. Don't sweat over the minor pain ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a ruptured spinal disk which is causing me excruciating pain. What medical specialty is best for this condition? I saw a neruosurgeon, who prescribed steroids and vicodin three days ago. With the vicodin, my pain is mostly bearable while i lie in
While : While the training is somewhat different, many neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons treat herniated discs. Most neurosurgeons treat spinal disorders, while typically only those orthopedic surgeons that have completed spinal fellowships perform spinal surgery. Many spinal fellowships are now open to both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, and most professional spine organizations have both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons as members. In general, one should choose a spinal surgeon based on their experience and reputation rather than their background training. Most spine surgeons have completed additional training after residency in spine surgery fellowships. There are some areas of spine surgery limited to one field. For example, surgery on the spinal cord and nerve roots is limited to neurosurgeons. For your herniated disc, you would likely be in good hands with either a spine-fellowship trained orthopedic or neurological surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptom Vs Cause: A disc herniation causes sciatica, which is a symptom of back & leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Charite^: Although I have not had a replacement disc, I have performed this operation utilizing the charite^ artificial disc. When the patients are properly selected there is a very successful outcome. Additionally, for those cases where severe pain persist, a fusion remains a viable option. But the most important thing is proper patient selection. See your spinal surgeon for more information. ...Read more
How does/can smoking affect spinal disc problems, if it contributes? (ie: healing, causing higher risk of herniation, etc)
Smoking BAD!: Smoking has been linked to increased pain patterns for patients who suffer from back and neck pain. Not only does it slow healing, the decreased blood flow pattern allows the chemicals of inflammation to bath the problem sites for longer periods of time and that results in more painful inflammation decreased function. You need to stop smoking for your general health and for your back. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal disc problem I have undergone two MRI but not clear diagosis. Please suggest a good way of detecting spinal disc related problems?
Perhaps not disc: Perhaps the problem is not in the disc. Symptoms from different anatomical areas may be similar. Also, sometimes symptoms do not have a distinct anatomic basis. ...Read more
Spine shock absorber: Spinal discs are located between the vertebrae (blocks of bone) of the spine (expect the upper 2). They act like shock absorbers and are also important in allowing our spines to be flexible. They have a tough outer rim made of strong fibers and a fleshier shock-absorbing tissue in the center. These "shocks" can wear out with routine life activities, age and injuries. They can also press on nerves. ...Read more
Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more