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Can icing an upper back injury do any good 2 weeks after the fact? "Thoracic spine sprain"? Also taking NSAID. Still a lot of pain. Thx

Can icing an upper back injury do any good 2 weeks after the fact? "Thoracic spine sprain"? Also taking NSAID. Still a lot of pain. Thx

Icing Can Help: Back Pain can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part with ice/heat, nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. Recommend seeing a spine specialist if you are not improving. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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What are treatments for perineural cysts at the sacrum, lumbar and mid thoracic spine?

What are treatments for perineural cysts at the sacrum, lumbar and mid thoracic spine?

No real treatment,: Usually are asymptomatic and do not require any intervention. If exert effect on spinal nerve, then surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Hi doc., what should I do to cure dextroscoliosis thoracic spine?

Hi doc., what should I do to cure dextroscoliosis thoracic spine?

Only if scoliosis is: Flexible & due to another reason that is forcing the spine to bend, ie spasm being generated by another issue like a kidney stone. If it is a type of scoliosis known as congenital or idiopathic, the answer is surgery if indicated but curve may not be fully corrected. Bracing for idiopathic scoliosis during growth may control curve progression and if curve over 50 degrees in adult then surgery. ...Read more

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I have injured ligaments in my spine, upper lumbar or lower thoracic. M RI showed nothing how do we find which ligaments and what treatment is best?

I have injured ligaments in my spine, upper lumbar or lower thoracic. M RI showed nothing how do we find which ligaments and what treatment is best?

No you don't: Unless you have had a severe seatbelt injury, your diagnosis is incorrect. LBP is generally caused by DDD. Ligament injury, as a cause of LBP, is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest treatment or stretches for herniated disc in thoracic spine?

Can you please suggest treatment or stretches for herniated disc in thoracic spine?

Myofascial release: Treatments include myofascial release and targeted injections to temporarily relieve any pain and muscle spasms you may have. Stretches are tough to do as the thoracic spine is a fairly rigid structure. ...Read more

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Is tramadol used for long term treatment of back pain from bulging disks in the thoracic spine?

Is tramadol used for long term treatment of back pain from bulging disks in the thoracic spine?

Tramadol: Use of tramadol should be limited to 5 days. The main concern with long-term usage involves gastrointestial problems such as ulcers and gastritis. ...Read more

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Degree of scoliosis is 5 in lower thoracic & 7 in mid lumbar spine. Should i get a brace/treatment? I'm 24yr/old woman.I've consistent back pain tho.

Most wouldn't: I don't even refer cases out with that minor level of deviation. Your doc is in a better position to sort out any back pain issues but many with scoliosis at higher degrees have no pain at all. ...Read more

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What are scmorls nodes and enplate changes of thoracic spine?

Degenerative Disc: Schmorl's nodes are indentations in the boney endplates (top and bottom of vertebrae) which are indicative of degenerative disc disease. They are not a problem in themselves but are just some thing seen on an MRI which indicated degenerative disc disease. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more