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What is the definition or description of: cervical spinal disk removal?

What is the definition or description of: cervical spinal disk removal?

Cervical disc surger: This is an operation designed to remove a disc in the neck. It is usually performed for a herniated disc pressing on a nerve or spinal cord. ...Read more

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Spinal Disc (Definition)

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


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Can you get a spinal disk pain by sleeping wrong?

Can you get a spinal disk pain by sleeping wrong?

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

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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs and/or pain medications
Daily
Get Xray/MRI to evaluate if not better in 4-6 weeks
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See spine specialist for treatment options
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Can spinal disk herniation cause gastrointestinal problem?

Yes: Certain lumbar disc herniations can result in the lose of bowel control. When this occurs it is a major emergent problem and requires emergent surgery. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for spinal disk damage?

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 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 are potential treatments for spinal disk damage?

What are potential treatments for spinal disk damage?

Spinal disk: The treatment of a spinal disk damage or herniation can range from physical therapy to surgery to remove the herniated disk - an evaluation by a neurologist or neurosurgeon would be quite helpful here. ...Read more

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My spinal disk connecting neck to head has a slight congenital thinness. Should i be concerned about a mild chronic neck pain?

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

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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
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Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
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See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
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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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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

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


Dr. Janice Alexander
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Diskectomy (Definition)

Surgical ...Read more