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Treatment For Annular Tear Of Disc With Indenting And Flattening Of Spinal Cord
I have disc hernation at t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 resulting in bi lateral stenosis but more on left side. Having some tingling on left leg mainly when I get hot. Why?
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
Not really: Unfortunately there are no truly new or novel treatment options available at this time. The hallmarks of current treamtent are focused on preventing further damage in the initial period after injury. There continues to be research in the area of stem cell transplant but to date it is only experimental. ...Read more
Depends on exact: Location. Some could be intramedullary others extramedullary. Depends on how much mass effect it's exerting, and symptoms. See your neurosurgoen to better review your mris, rule out other issues with the rest of your neural axis. By checking MRI of your brain, cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine with and without contrast, and then deciding on treatment, surgery may be needed... ...Read more
No cures: I am so sorry for your friend. Current treatments for sci focus on preserving neurological function at the time of injury. To date there are no cures to return lost nerve function. If an injury is complete (no feeling and complete paralysis), there is the possibility of getting some feeling back, but paralysis can improve only if there is some preserved movement below the injury level. ...Read more
Does a annular tear, and disc herniation, at L5-S1 ever go away, and what is the best treatment for it?
Back pain treatment:
Subacute and chronic lower back pain are very common in primary care. For patients with acute pain, rapid improvement in pain is the norm after a month.
Remain active, and limit bedrest. Try yoga. Use short courses of nonopioid analgesic medications (acetaminophen or NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen) for acute exacerbations of subacute or chronic low back pain ...Read more
Stem cells - Future:
Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury.
Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs.
There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away. ...Read more
Not understanding: My assumption is you are asking what spinal cord stimulators (scs) are best at treating? Typically scs is good at treating neuropathic pain disorders, whether related as a brachial plexus avulsion or a chronic radiculopathy post spine surgery. Also patients with complex regional pain syndromes have been helped with scs. Scs is currently being used for vascular pain being done in europe. ...Read more
Mri results. Degenerative disc disease with spinal stenosis 3 bulging discs 2mml 5 mml and 7mml on left forminial 3 bone spurs annular tear debilitati?
Physical therapy: Disc disease with disc protrusion, collaspe, prolaspe is a radiographic finding. Often times these findings do not correlate with the symptoms. Surgery may not necessarily be the answer to the problem. The symptoms of back pain are common. The best treatment is with excercises. Physical therapy can be tremendously helpful. ...Read more
L3/4 L4/5 disc bulges & facet joint deg L5/S1 indent spinal cord, disc contact nerve root lateral recess & facet joint deg Can body twist worsen this?
Clarification: Sounds like you possess lumbar spondylosis and degenerative disc disease, and indeed there may be some degree of lumbar root compression. (Spinal cord ends at L-1, 2 and there is no effect on cord). Learn McKenzie exercise protocol, do it multiple times weekly, be cautious with heavy lifting, work with a good physical therapist, and learn proper body mechanics. ...Read more
Yes: Anything is possible but what you say is not likely in experienced hands. ...Read more
If you applied enough traction force in spinal decompression therapy to a healthy, overly hydrated disc, can it tear apart w/ repeated traction?
Is spinal decompression therapy a definite cure for degenerating disc disease or is it just a pain treatment?
Pain treatment: There is no know cure for disc degeneration. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: If no symptoms, do nothing. If mild symptoms anti-inflammatory medications work great (take with meals, and make sure you can take those -- clear with your primary care doctor). If symptoms is acute and very severe, you can get a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack (oral steroids) which you take over 6 days... Ask you doctor to evaluate you first. You cannot have this if you have infection or brittle diabetic, etc.. ...Read more
67y old female with spinal discs compress left leg neuro. Has osteoporosis. Any surgical treatment can work?
Potentially yes: It sounds as if you may have stenosis, which refers to compression/impingement upon the spinal nerves due to narrowing of the spinal canal, often in part due to protruding discs. For patients who have otherwise failed conservative treatment, surgery to open up the spinal canal (laminectomy) is a treatment option. Osteoporosis is an unrelated condition of decreased bone density. ...Read more
Compressed disc between C5&6 - is bulging into my spinal cord (nerve pain). Best practitioner for conservative treatment - physio, biokinet or chiro?
Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?
Herniated cervical disc n bulged lumbar disc. Is chiropractor treatment or physiotherapy better? Is traction n spinal manipulation the same?
Are small disc protrusion which contacts but doesn't compress the spinal cord and mild endplate spurring anteriorly the same thing? Both are at c4-5
NOT SAME THING: However, both are results of acquired wear and tear. The endplate spurring can be looked at like arthritis, the disc protrusion is indicative of a tear in the basket surrounding the disc, which results in contact with spinal cord. This is not yet a "surgical" issue, and rather, is potentially managed by conservative approaches, especially physical therapy. Do NOT see chiropractor!!! ...Read more
The MRI says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what does this mean?
Not good: Your veretebrae bones are seperated by the discs. Your vertebrae make a canal that your spinal cord is protected by. If your disc has a severe herniation, then the contents of the disc are now pushing up against the spinal cord within the spinal canal. Think of your disc as a tube of toothpaste that was left open and now toothpaste is coming out. See your doctor, this needs to be addressed. ...Read more
MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? Indention on spinal cord. I have Chronic cough and sometimes breathin prob could this b why
This is serious: Cervical spinal cord compression like you Have can cause respiratory emergency. So do not wait around, get checked by a Neurologist or a neurosurgeon right away. In the meantime buy a Cervical (Neck) collar to keep your neck well supported from any severe jerking motion. Good luck ...Read more
MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? Indention on spinal cord. Is there Risk with riding thrill rides at the fair or theme parks?
Yes! Big risk!: Those thrill rides will throw your head around, as your head is not really secured in the rides. This can cause either acute swelling of the herniated disc, or even a new herniation in a vulnerable cervical spine, which could result in either worsened radicular symptoms or even paralysis if it goes to far. You should not to go on these rides. Too risky! ...Read more
Pain, numbness, weak:
C3-c4 discs cause neck pain, pain radiatiing to both arms, numbness both arms; if compression is more severe, weakness of legs, unsteadiness and bladder problems.
Mri scan will make the diagnosis.
Depending on size of disc herniation and degree of compression, surgery may be indicated. ...Read more
How to relieve ritation of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve\u0026#41; or central -- disc irritation of a nerve at the spinal cord at home?
Please clarify: I'm sorry, it is not clear from your question whether you have meralgia paresthetica from irritation of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve or some kind of radiculopathy i.e. Nerve root irritation. Furthermore, what is the cause of this "irritation"? It's a basic principle of medicine that ailments are treated by addressing the cause. ...Read more
I had a MRI done this is part of what it said C3-4 disc herniationstenosis with ap of 0.7cm? And indention on spinal cord Is this serious?
Normal diameter 1.7: A disc herniation in the cervical spine can be a serious event. Your herniation is causing 60% stenosis. Indentation on the cord can produce permanent neurologic injury, especially if aggravated by motion or additional injury. Please discuss these results with your physician to determine the most prudent next steps. ...Read more
Is it normal for a MRI to show white spots on spine not the spinal cord but by the discs in between them
It can be: It is difficult to answer this without seeing the MRI or at least knowing more about the MRI. There are two main types of pictures taken in an MRI, they are labelled as "T1" and "T2" images. Also, sometimes contrast (a compound injected intravenously for the MRI) is given. A white area in the center of the discs on a T2 image is normally suggestive of healthy (well hydrated) discs and is normal ...Read more
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