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What can be done for head and neck pain from arthritis in the cervical spine?

What can be done for head and neck pain from arthritis in the cervical spine?

Neck pain: This needs to be checked to assess the severity if no significant pathology anti inflammatory meds and muscle relaxants may help as will exercise and pt. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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What can be done about bulging disks?

What can be done about bulging disks?

Consultation.: An orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon who knows your case, would be able to provide you with very specific options. Acupuncture can reduce pain & inflammation related to discs but will not cure the actual condition. ...Read more

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What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

Time, meds, exercise: Most disc herniations get better with time, 90%. Activity modification with guided exercise, medication and epidural steroid injections are options and if no better after 12 weeks, surgery may be an option. Lifestyle changes like not smoking, not being obese and regularly exercising will minimize any future back problems as well as taking adequate vitamin d and calcium. ...Read more

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What medication should typically be prescribed for bulging discs in cervical spine?

What medication should typically be prescribed for bulging discs in cervical spine?

NonE: It is not at all clear there is a cause and effect between discomfort and the prescence of bulges on images many painless necks have bulges of their discs. ...Read more

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What can be done for sciatica nerve pain in butt?

What can be done for sciatica nerve pain in butt?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What is done for a herniated disk in the thoracic area?

What is done for a herniated disk in the thoracic area?

Nonop v surgery: Like a lot of disc herniations, they are found frequently in people with no pain & when the cause of symptoms they are treated non surgically with time, medication, activity modification, guided exercise & life style changes. Epidural steroid injections are an option. When pain does not get better & severe enough &/or creating neurologic issues then surgery which can be done several ways. ...Read more

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Can you explain the surgery for herniated disks in their neck where it had to be fused?

Can you explain the surgery for herniated disks in their neck where it had to be fused?

Yes: Standard approach for cervical disc surgery is to remove it through the front of neck excavating it from the spinal cord allowing for safe approach & excellent decompression but now you have to stabilize the spine by fusing it. An alternative to a fusion is an artificial disc. Occasionally, disc herniation can be fixed from posterior approach without fusion if it is very lateral or to the side. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be about severe neuro foraminal canel narrowing with 2 herniated discs and nerve root impingement all in the neck?

How concerned should I be about severe neuro foraminal canel narrowing  with 2 herniated discs and nerve root impingement all in the neck?

Cervical stenosis: Cervical stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal and the neural foramina is caused by degeneration of the disc spaces, ruptured discs, and overgrowth of the joints. This is arthritis of the neck and can cause neck pain, headaches, and arm pain. Compression of the spinal cord is cause for concern but nerve root impingement alone is only of concern if there is weakness or atrophy in the arm. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat spinal disc herniation?

What can be done to treat spinal disc herniation?

Sciatica: Initially conservative treatment with Non-steroidal anti inflammatory pain medications, Epidural corticosteroid injections, Physical therapy, Spinal manipulation, Weight control, & last resort is Surgical decompression & repair, or Laser surgery. ...Read more

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Kyphotic lordosis and 4 bulging disc seen in mri. Could this be the cause for my neck, shoulder and upper back pain? What could the pain b from?

Kyphotic lordosis and 4 bulging disc seen in mri. Could this be the cause for my neck, shoulder and upper back pain? What could the pain b from?

Yes: If you have 4 bulging discs in your neck they could cause all the symptoms you just described on both sides. If it was a c4 disc bulge that can also cause all the symptoms you just described. Lastly looking at your age, i would surprised to see a lot of pathology but it is possible. If this was related to a car accident, it could also be whiplash injury as well. ...Read more

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What can be done for spinal stenosis?

What can be done for spinal stenosis?

Multiple options: First, it can be diagnosed in up to 20% of people over 60. Sometimes this is picked up on a study because it is common & may not be the source of your symptoms. If it is your correct diagnosis, exercise sometimes initiated with physical therapy, over the counter medication or perscription ones &/or injections like epidural steroids may help. Most don't get worse, only about 15% do. Surgery last. ...Read more

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What can be done for a herniated l4/l5 disc?

What can be done for a herniated l4/l5 disc?

Disc: Many things can be done. Please see your doctor and have a full work-up. Pt, chiropractic, injections, decompression etc.. Can be tried before any surgical options are expleored. ...Read more

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4 bulging disc in the neck. Could this be touching a nerve cause shoulder, arm and upper pain that was not seen on an mri? How can I find out if it is

Ways to know: Neck pain can lead to muscle spasms and radiating pain. Is it from nerve? If the MRI report discusses neuroforaminal stenosis, then it is possible. Another method is emg/nerve conduction studies from a neurologist or physical medicine provider. ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in shoulder,neck and armpit .Had this before,took an MRI picture,no herniated disks!! Can muscles cause this? What is the treatment?

Pinched nerve in shoulder,neck and armpit .Had this before,took an MRI picture,no herniated disks!! Can muscles cause this? What is the treatment?

Different causes: Pain radiating down the neck to the shoulders levels, is very often generated by the cervical facets, usually the last 3- C4-5, C5-6 C6-7. A compressed nerve root gives you a radiculopathy down the arm but thecause of compression may be a herniated disc,a neuroforaminal stenosis or a hypertrophied cervical facet that narrows the neuroforamina, or it can be compressed anywhere else down the path ...Read more

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How is a facet injection done in the neck? And when is it donw? Can a cervical MRI show a root nerve impingement in the neck? Please help

How is a facet injection done in the neck? And when is it donw?  Can a cervical MRI show a root nerve impingement in the neck? Please help

X-Ray Flouroscopy: Facet Joint Injection is done under x-ray guidance with special equipment to help guide the needle. Its done for neck pain due to facet joint arthritis or facet syndrome/whiplash. MRI may show nerve root impingement, however the limitation the MRI has is its a static image and unfortunately your spine and discs move so can't see that movement. Consider Weight-bearing MRI for better clarity. ...Read more

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What can be done for a nerve irritation in the neck from a bulging disk at C4 and c5? Can that cause burning and numbness pain? Please help

What can be done for a nerve irritation in the neck from a bulging disk at C4 and c5? Can that cause burning and numbness pain? Please help

Alpha Lipoic Acid: One natural approach is to take high doses of Alpha lipoic acid (see natural doc for dose). Also, good quality marine fish oil can help w/the covering on the nerves. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What can be done for back lumbar area pain?

What can be done for back lumbar area pain?

Exercise: For non-neuropathic back pain, treatment consists of up to 72 hours of rest, followed by stretches and exercise. Talk to your doctor about the specifics. ...Read more

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If having 2 discs in your neck that are bulging shouldn't be a source of pain, then what could be causing my neck pain?

If having 2 discs in your neck that are bulging shouldn't be a source of pain, then what could be causing my neck pain?

Muscle, tendon maybe: It is hard to tell. When you discuss this with your physician see what else the exmination shows. The discs may be the culprit but there are other causes to consider. Your evaluation should look for other causes than the discs. They may not be there but you need a comprehensive evaluation of other possible causes. ...Read more

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What can be done for spinal cervical stenosis?

What can be done for spinal cervical stenosis?

Many things: Depending on the severity, stenosis of the cervical spine can be treated with medications, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. ...Read more