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Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Hmmm: Can't be described in 400 characters. Probably can't be appropriately described in a 400 page text book. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 rib bearing thoracic vertebrae, 5 non-rib bearing lumbar vertebrae (there are normal variants to these by the way) .There are 5 fused sacral vertebrae, and usually 3 vestigial coccygeal bones. The spinal cord extends from the brain down to about l1/l2, and.... ...Read more

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What is a grossly small stable syrinx in the lower cervical spine? I was told it's part of my normal anatomy but that just doesn't make sense

What is a grossly small stable syrinx in the lower cervical spine? I was told it's part of my normal anatomy but that just doesn't make sense

Like a cyst: A syrinx in the spine is just a small fluid filled sac. It usually does not cause problems if it is stable. Your doctor may want to have it checked again to make sure it is stable, that is not enlarging. If it is truly stable then it is nothing to worry about. If they cause symptoms or enlarged they can be drained but it is best to leave them alone if they are causing no problems. ...Read more

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What does "arthritic" mean in relation to vertebrae in the spine?

What does "arthritic" mean in relation to vertebrae in the spine?

Our spine ages with : Imaging changes having been demonstrated as early as age 10 years and continuing from there. It is labeled degenerative changes and sometimes this can lead to pain symptoms and then it is called degenerative disc disease or arthritis of the spine. It not only can affect the disc levels but the joints of the spine known as facet joints. ...Read more

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What do I do to restore the compacted vertebrae in my spine without surgery?

What do I do to restore the compacted vertebrae in my spine without surgery?

Can't: If the bone is deformed, there is nothing short of surgery to restore its shape. Unless markedly deformed, shouldn't even be noticed. Especially in a young spine which is flexible and can accommodate to a slight deformity at one level. Bottom line, don't worry. Recover from the fracture. Then, if still symptoms a year or so later, then consider something at that time. ...Read more

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I jumped and now the part of my spine between my shoulder blades hurts. It hurts more if I feel the back of my vertebrae. Could it be serious at all?

I jumped and now the part of my spine between my shoulder blades hurts. It hurts more if I feel the back of my vertebrae. Could it be serious at all?

Possibly: you could have soft bones and I would suggest an X-ray to,insure that no compression fractures occurred from your jump. Of course, I have no idea from what height you jumped, or,if this involved a parachute. ...Read more

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Where can I find a dr. Willing to break a fused vertebrae &reset? My spine bowsoutwards, i'm stared at always, can't live this way anymore help me ples

Where can I find a dr. Willing to break a fused vertebrae &reset? My spine bowsoutwards, i'm stared at always, can't live this way anymore help me ples

Any well trained: Spine surgeon should be able to evaluate you ; take care of your problem. Most orthopaedic spine surgeons are well skilled in dealing with adult deformity work, some neurosurgeons as well. 1st question is do you need surgery, if so, what surgery will best address your problem. There are many types of osteotomies we use to correct deformities. 1st step: go see your closest orthopaedic spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Who is the foremost specialist in the world on nonscoliotic congenital abnormalties of the spine in shape or extra vertebrae?

Who is the foremost specialist in the world on nonscoliotic congenital abnormalties of the spine in shape or extra vertebrae?

Depends on who you : Ask but a fellowship trained , board certified orthopedic spine surgeon will fit your needs in terms of evaluating and treating a spinal deformity. In your area, you can start with your own doctor for a referral or at the nearest university medical center. ...Read more

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