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Who should benefit from spine decompression therapy?

Who should benefit from spine decompression therapy?

Cervical Stenosis: The most common need for decompression therapy is for those whose spine has, over a long time from, developed bony protrusions called osteophytes in and around the outside of the spinal cord and the holes that the nerves come out of. This is a natural aging process, but in some it can press on the neves and cause pain. Decompression does just that- opens up room for the nerves. ...Read more

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What is spine decompression therapy, and how does it work exactly?

What is spine decompression therapy, and how does it work exactly?

Doesn't: I suspect you are referring to a variety of computerized machines that purport to reduce herniated discs. These machines go by various names which i will not mention here. They are basically fancy traction machines. The treatment is very expensive and despite the hype have never been shown to be effective. They are usually not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Anyone have any knowledge of hairline spine fracture therapy?

Anyone have any knowledge of hairline spine fracture therapy?

No i did not: But if the patient has severed osteoporosis it could happen. I have an incident were rupture disc happen during spine manipulations. ...Read more

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Can therapy help in straightening the curve in spine?

Can therapy help in straightening the curve in spine?

Maybe maybe not: If severe no. If mild yes. If in between, no was knows for sure. The spine surgeons say no. The chiros and therapists say yes. The osteopaths say combine both modalities.... ...Read more

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I have spine scoliosis with 5-7 degree curvature, will therapy fix it?

I have spine scoliosis with 5-7 degree curvature, will therapy fix it?

No: Spine curvature under 10 degrees is considered within normal anatomic variation and is typically not clinically detected unless someone is looking for it. If it is symptomatic therapy may help with symptoms but it will not reverse the curvature. Typically this level of curvature is not symptomatic. ...Read more

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S-shaped spine 70 degree Age:20 Can it be cured by brace and physical therapy No pain?

S-shaped spine
70 degree 
Age:20
Can it be cured by brace and physical therapy 
No pain?

No: Sounds like you need a surgical correction. This is ok. The surgery is very good and you will be fine. Cannot go on like this for as you age you will have many issues. Greet fixed and be fine! ...Read more

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I have back pain.I have some numbness down my spine.I have had 4epiderals I have had xrays physical therapy &take pain medication. I need this fixed.

I have back pain.I have some numbness down my spine.I have had 4epiderals I have had xrays physical therapy &take pain medication. I need this fixed.

See a Spine Surgeon: Not sure if you have a diagnosis yet as to what's causing your symptoms. Any pain/numbness/tingling going down your legs? In addition to xrays, you will need a MRI of your lumbar spine to better evaluate your spine and see what could be causing your symptoms-if coming from your spine. Getting an accurate diagnosis, will then better enable your doctors to formulate a more effective treatment plan. ...Read more

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Have injection therapy (steroid shots) in my neck in a couple days because of spine related illnesses. I've been told they cause migraines afterwards?

Have injection therapy (steroid shots) in my neck in a couple days because of spine related illnesses. I've been told they cause migraines afterwards?

Spinal headache: The post-dural puncture headache is a very rare complication and occurs in 0.5% of injections. A blood patch is a simple, quick procedure to solve this problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help a reverse curvature in my cervical spine?

Can physical therapy help a reverse curvature in my cervical spine?

Probably not: But it an help with the symptoms you may be having as a result of this. Cervical traction and physical therapy can help with the neck pain along with nerve root impingement in many cases before surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

It depends...: The cervical spine can appear more straight on x-ray if a patient is having neck pain. This is caused by muscle spasms and how a patient might hold their neck when in pain. Physical therapy can help this by relieving the neck pain. However, if a patient has a reverse curvature of their spine from abnormalities in their cervical discs or bones, this will not be corrected by physical therapy. ...Read more

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Can anyone suggest alternative therapy for cancer in the t12 spine. Currently it's being treated external beam radio therapy ?

Can anyone suggest alternative therapy for cancer in the t12 spine. Currently it's being treated external beam radio therapy ?

In good hands: I feel your sadness but I can not offer you any other insight. Radiation is a well accepted treatment and should help your symptoms ...Read more

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Constant popping upper spine w/ bending foward and deep breaths. Exercise, p-therapy w/ no change. Mri negative. Ortho doesn't know. Came after illnes?

Constant popping upper spine w/ bending foward and deep breaths. Exercise, p-therapy w/ no change. Mri negative. Ortho doesn't know. Came after illnes?

Neurology exam: Sharp, shooting pains on bending and deep breathing may be due to pinched nerves near the upper spine. A neurologist may be able to find the problematic area. ...Read more

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If pain management/therapy/chiropractor doesn't sucess after spine fusion surgery, what is next?

If pain management/therapy/chiropractor doesn't sucess after spine fusion surgery, what is next?

SCS: Spinal cord stimulation may be bery helpful. It may however not be either helpful or tolerable. A two to three day trial can allow for a decision to be made. ...Read more

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I had shattered my spine over 15 years ago5 vertebrae, don't remember which ones middle of back. No physical therapy and am in constant pain-mri help?

I had shattered my spine over 15 years ago5 vertebrae, don't remember which ones middle of back. No physical therapy and am in constant pain-mri help?

Maybe but an MRI is: Not going to treat you so you need to see a specialist who can appropriately evaluate you & determine if any testing is indicated & initiate an appropriate course of treatment. This could be an orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, physiatrist, neurologist or pain management specialist. In the interim, you can begin with trying to exercise regularly, stop smoking if you do & lose weight if needed. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind/level?: First see a rehab doctor or neurologist to be sure physical therapy won't be dangerous. If it isn't serious you are likely to need strengthening of any affected muscles with neck and arm range of motion. Cervical traction is useful for some disc ruptures. Again see the doctor first. You might have something that could cause paraplegia or a tumor or a disc needing surgery or epidural injections. ...Read more

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My dad has spine metastes frm primary prostate cancer, terminal, indefinate hormone therapy...Whats average prognosis please?

My dad has spine metastes frm primary prostate cancer, terminal, indefinate hormone therapy...Whats average prognosis please?

Depends how long: How long on hormones? If just started the cancer may respond for average of several years. If he was already on hormones for long time prognosis is worse months to a year or two using other option such as different drugs or chemotherapy. Not cureable at this point just delaying progression. Some are offering Provenge (sipuleucel-t) but it's new and not known how effective, this is a vaccine type of therapy. ...Read more

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