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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
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
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