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Doctor insights on: Spine Nerve Chart

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Could you tell me the name of the procedure where the nerves near the spine are burned to control pain?

Could you tell me the name of the procedure where the nerves near the spine are burned to control pain?

RFA: Or radio frequency ablation. It is only for certain spine pains, so make sure it is correctly diagnosed with a diagnostic block at that area (medial branch block at that level). Its very safe and many people have benefits from 3-9 months with this procedure, with some only needing a single treatment. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Does any one know of any recent break thru or studies on reconstruction of nerves in the base of the spine.?

Does any one know of any recent break thru or studies on reconstruction of nerves in the base of the spine.?

No breakthroughs but: There is a tremendous amount of basic research and actual clinical work concerning stem cell and gene therapy as well as further understanding of growth factors as well as the underlying changes or pathophysiology that occurs with nerve injury or damage with the thrust of research looking how to minimize this "damage" cellular environment while at the same time learning how to promote repair. ...Read more

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Which nerve from the spine innervates the colon?

Which nerve from the spine innervates the colon?

You asked for it: Sympathetic fibers from the spinal cord lead to the celiac ganglion (foregut) and superior (midgut) and inferior (hindgut) mesenteric ganglia. Parasympathetic fibers arise from the vagus (innervate the foregut and midgut (through transverse colon)) and the hindgut (pelvic nerves which innervate the descending colon, sigmoid, and rectum). Does that answer your question? ...Read more

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Why can't a broken spine be regenerated in the nerve?

Why can't a broken spine be regenerated in the nerve?

It is being research: If you are speaking of a spine fracture with resulting damage to the spinal cord it is true that at present time we are unable to regenerate the spinal cord. With stem cell research and other techniques we hope to overcome this in the future. At present Taxol (paclitaxel) has been found to stimulate spinal cord regrowth in rats. Chondroitinase-abc has been shown to help break up the dense scar tissue ...Read more

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What causes nerve entrapment in the spine/neck?

What causes nerve entrapment in the spine/neck?

Pinched nerve: The two most common causes of nerve entrapment in the neck are a herniated disc or bony spurs called osteophytes, the last most common occurs later in life, 6th and 7th decades. ...Read more

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Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Radiculopathy: Typically you will feel referred, burning, radicular pain in a dermatomal distribution, depending upon which nerve root is being compressed. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a tx. For nerves pinching in c-spine other than surgery?

Many options!: However, this is as long as there are not motor deficits (weakness) yet. If there is weakness, it becomes a more important discussion. If no weakness, and stable, then physical therapy should be your first stop. From there, epidural injections can be helpful, as well as medications, including oral steroids acutely can help. Many modalities, including things like acupuncture. Avoid sx until needed. ...Read more

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Having a pinch nerve in my lower spine. Will doing physical Theraphy help it or hinder it?

Having a pinch nerve in my lower spine. Will doing physical Theraphy help it or hinder it?

Should help you: Try physical therapy first , it is non invasive , help you by improving your posture , muscle tone and strength Speak to your doctor , most likely already recommended it to you .. ...Read more