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What Does It Mean To Have Cervical Cord Compression
It literally means : That there is something pressing on spinal cord in neck or cervical region that may or may not cause symptoms or physical findings. This compression can be due to: degenerative changes, disc herniation, tumor, fracture, infection or hematoma ( blood clot) or spinal deformity. Sometimes there may be no symptoms but there may be changes in the spinal cord on imaging that may need to be addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Narrowing: Stenosis can be central, narrowing of the canal formed by the bony arch of the vertebrae that the spinal cord hangs in. Or it can be narrowing of the openings to the sides that the spinal nerves exit between the vertebrae. This can be caused by hypertrophy or thickening of the bony parts or the ligament along the back of the vertebral bodies or the discs pushing into the spaces or a combination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A "squeezed" cord: The spinal cord has less space available then normal due to compression by something (such as a disc herniation, arthritis, tumors, infections, etc.). The word "chronic" implies that this has been going on for a long time and is not a recent problem. Cord compression can be a serious problem with potential paralysis. You should be evaluated by a spinal specialist for this problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on location: Fractures of the cervical spine are the result of severe trauma to the neck and treatment varies with the location of the fracture in the vertebra; the presence or absence of injury to other structures especially the spinal cord. These need a complete evaluation including cat scans; dynamic films etc before any treatment can be decided. ...Read more
Nerve damage: An acute spinal cord injury refers to nerve damage involving the spinal cord-- this is the large bundle of nerves that carries impulses to the arms, legs, and trunk for muscle control, as well as relays sensory information from the same areas to the brain for feeling pain, temperature, & other sensations. Cord injury impairs these functions. Severity depends on the extent & location of the injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Let's see: Between each vertebral body is a cushion called an intervertebral disc. These act as so-called shock absorbers to the spine. With aging and with overuse and with trauma and for unknown reasons, these disc lose their elasticity, stamina and durability and deteriorate. This can place stresses on the spine (cervical, thoracic & lumbar) and cause a myriad of symptoms and problems. They wear out! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Joining bones: A fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. For this, the approach is from the front removing the intervening disc & replacing it with a piece of bone or a metal v plastic like cage filled with bone that may be secured with screws or plate & screws or no instrumentation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In place of a fusion: This is done in place of a fusion to maintain the motion at that level of the spine in the hopes of preventing the adjacent disc levels from getting too much stress on them leading to degeneration with possible disc herniation and/or spinal stenosis developing at those disc levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Curve in spine: Cervical is neck. Thoracic is chest. Lumbar is lower back. Cervicothoracic scoliosis means there is a curve in the chest and neck part of the spine. The next information needed is the angle of the curve. Scoliosis can be a minor or a major issue depending on the severity of the curve. Learning good body mechanics and stretches can keep discomfort (muscular) to a minimun. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Radiculopathies: The term radiculopathy refers to a disease process that involves one or more of the spinal nerve roots. Typically there are 3 most common causes: a herniated disc, central spinal stenosis and lateral spinal stenosis. As a result of the initial insult or injury pain travels along the nerve root distribution in the body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does it mean to have the spinal cord swell? Why can the spinal cord swell, and how long can it last? What risks/damage does this create?
Damage to cord: Swelling in the spinal cord occurs after injury just like in other parts of the body. The injury can come due to compression (transient or continuous), infarction (lose blood supply), tumor, inflammatory disease, infection and other causes. How long it lasts depends on what the cause is and if it's treated properly. Damage depends on location (cervical, thoracic, lumbar): paralysis, sensory etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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