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Dr. Lali Sekhon
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Spinal Cord Compression (Definition)

Spinal cord compression refers to physical compression of the cervical or thoracic spinal cord. This can occur from injury, infection or tumors. There is also chronic compression from stenosis (narrowing of the spinal confines). The symptoms and outcome vary depending on the cause and the location. Surgical decompression (removing the cause of the compression) is ...Read more


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Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Possibly: In most people, the spinal cord ends at the top of the lumbar spine. Hence, most lumbar problems are too low to account for spinal cord compression. However, thoracic or upper lumbar spinal cord compression can be accompanied by pain, usually higher up. ...Read more

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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

Yes: Many times we do not know there is spinal cord compression until the patient presents with some complaint of pain or weakness. Mris can show us changes within the cord which can help to confirm the level of injury. If there is weakness and compression then surgical decompression is warranted. This may result in some improvement in pain and weakness, but there may not be full recovery. ...Read more

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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

Depends on Cause: Spinal cord compression occurs when something is pressing down on the nerves so that they do not function properly. Depending on the cause and location of the compression a person could experience, numbness, pain and loss of motor function if severe. A sudden loss of motor function is significant and should not be ignored. Constant compression can cause permanent damage. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

Progressive weakness: Spinal cord compression refers to physical compression of the cervical or thoracic spinal cord. This can occur from injury, infection or tumors. There is also chronic compression from stenosis (narrowing of the spinal confines). The symptoms and outcome vary depending on the cause and the location. Surgical decompression (removing the cause of the compression) is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

See below: That there is something, bone, disc material, tumor, something reducing the diameter on the spinal canal and causing pressure/compression of the spinal cord and that the compression is acute or rapidly progressing in nature. ...Read more

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Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression that is severe, what to do?

Spinal cord compress: If the compression is "severe" and you are symptomatic then you need to seriously consider getting the disc that has herniated removed surgically. A consultation with a neurosurgeon would be very helpful here. ...Read more

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What is the difference between spinal cord compression & spinal stenosis? Can you have one without the either?

What is the difference between spinal cord compression & spinal stenosis? Can you have one without the either?

Spinal stenosis is: An abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, usually due to degenerative arthritic. Since the cord runs through the canal, spinal stenosis can cause compression of the cord. But, anything that can press on the cord can cause cord compression, for example, tumor, disc herniation, displaced fracture, hematoma, and instability can also cause cord compression. You don't need stenosis to have compression ...Read more

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I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

? surgical decompress: Do you have signs of lumbar stenosis? Are you experiencing bladder or bowel problems. Is your stenosis at t-10 to t-12 the only focal problem. See a neurological surgeon, evaluate the potential for surgical relief. If you do nothing, the prognosis could be indeed dismal. Please get proactive and seek treatment. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could spinal cord compression cause psychosis?

Please tell me, could spinal cord compression cause psychosis?

Doubtful: Compression if the cord would more likely produce weakness, pain or paralysis. Adverse reactions to medications used to treat the symptoms of compression could produce psychosis. ...Read more

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What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

Let me explain: When you have spinal cord compression documented by mri, the first step is to try remove the compression by surgical means if that possible.
To treat the sequence of the compression you could electrical stimulation and possibly acupuncture. I hope that answer the question for you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about spinal cord compression, radiculopathy and brachial neuritis. What I would like to know i?

Can you tell me about spinal cord compression, radiculopathy and brachial neuritis. What I would like to know i?

Radiculopathy: Spinal cord compression is often caused by a combination of a herniated disc and bone spurs (osteophytes). Radiculopathy is a compression of the nerve root as it exits the spinal canal. Brachial neuritis (Parsonage Turner Syndrome) is inflammation of the nerves that have already exited the spinal canal but have not reached their target muscle group. ...Read more

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3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression. Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression. Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

Risks: If the spinal cord is being threatened or actually compressed, this could eventually result in damage called myelomalacia. The extent of the threat will determine whether surgery is probable. Need to discuss with a neurosurgeon, ASAP. ...Read more

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Myelogram shows 3mm spinal cord compression with flattening of the ventral surface. Can this cause R arm pain, headaches & constant dizziness?

Myelogram shows 3mm spinal cord compression with flattening of the ventral surface. Can this cause R arm pain, headaches & constant dizziness?

Yes: Hello. Your findings can be the cause of your complaints. To assess further, I would recommend a full consultation. If interested we can set up a time to fully address your concerns. ...Read more

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Correlation with C4-C6 spondy w/spinal cord compression &increase HR, breathlessness? I have chest&rhomboid pain. Fingers numb in the am. CT thorax OK.

Correlation with C4-C6 spondy w/spinal cord compression &increase HR, breathlessness? I have chest&rhomboid pain. Fingers numb in the am. CT thorax OK.

No: Compression in the cervical spinal cord can cause pain, numbness, and even weakness in the arms and legs but should not affect heart rate. Heart rate is controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems that form s plexus anterior to the vertebral bodies and as such is typically not associated with abnormalities within the cervical spinal canal. ...Read more

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Spinal cord compression treatment?

Relieve compression: Spinal cord compression usually requires urgent surgical intervention to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Hi I have disc protrusion and spinal cord compression from C4 to t1. Is this serious and will I need surgery.

Hi I have disc protrusion and spinal cord compression from C4 to t1. Is this serious and will I need surgery.

Spinal cord compress: Disc protusion aree common, cord compression is more serious and the decision for surgery is based on your clinical examination. If your neuro exam reveals cord compression that is when you have to make a decision about potential surgery. ...Read more

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I had an MRI 10 days after noticing leaking of urine and strange feelings in the rectum that showed a mild central disc extrusion at L5-S1 without spinal cord compression. I have incontinence and numbness in the groin/genital area. What is this?

I had an MRI 10 days after noticing leaking of urine and strange feelings in the rectum that showed a mild central disc extrusion at L5-S1 without spinal cord compression. I have incontinence and numbness in the groin/genital area. What is this?

Some directions: Young males, age 25, do NOT develop these problems from a mild disc issue at L5-S1, and you need a neurologist to evaluate you ASAP. There are many potential causes, including Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, etc., and I cannot give you a direct answer so far based on above description. BUT do not delay, get this directly addressed!! ...Read more

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No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal. Spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

Mostly benign: Vertebral hemangiomas are benign vascular malformations that displace the adjacent bone. They are usually asymptomatic and typically no treatment is necessary. Acute symptoms may occur from secondary compression fracture, sudden mass effect, and internal hemorrhage. With these secondary effects, there are invasive and noninvasive therapeutic options. ...Read more

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What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared. Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness getting worse?

What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared. Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness getting worse?

Numbness & weakness: You have some of the sx with pain and radicular pain, but numbness and weakness of the arms and hands also may be present. Why are you waking? See a surgeon or pain doc for am evaluation NOW. A physical exam and EMG will aid in the diagnosis as well as imaging. ...Read more

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A question about a neck X-ray test. Can they see any nerves or spinal cord details?

A question about a neck X-ray test. Can they see any nerves or spinal cord details?

No.: Routine neck x-rays ca: 1. See if you have spurs. 2. See disc space narrowing. 3. Can see if the nerve root openings are smaller than normal because of spurs.

However, you cannot see the nerves or spinal cord. Mri or ct necessary. ...Read more

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People who survive spinal cord injury and are paralyzed neck down. How is it possible that they survived?

People who survive spinal cord injury and are paralyzed neck down. How is it possible that they survived?

With good care: You need very careful medical care if you have such an injury. A nurse is helpful. A physcial therapist and neurologist and neurosurgeon all work together. ...Read more

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What to do if I am disabled from a incomplete spinal cord injury, I was stabbed in the neck, how will I ever trust others?

What to do if I am disabled from a incomplete spinal cord injury, I was stabbed in the neck, how will I ever trust others?

Trust yourself: Sorry to hear about your story. You do not have to trust everybody, trust yourself, trust your family and friends, trust your docs. Help others affected by trauma by telling your story. ...Read more