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What Does It Mean To Have Congenital Spinal Stenosis
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
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
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
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
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
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
in "normal" condition but could be a problem if arthritic changes narrow the canal more (later in life almost everyone has some "wear and tear" arthritis....or a DISC herniation takes up some room.
This is a COMMON finding so this fact alone should NOT be a reason to worry!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Scoliosis is very 3D: Scoliosis is always a three dimensional deformity; the spine is not only curved when you look from the front, but it is also rotated. It is the amount of rotation that makes the curve the most visible when you bend forward and look at it. The rotation is what produces the 'so-called' rib hump. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have a lumbar sacral transitional vertebrae with a left sided pseudarthrosis, what does that mean?
Normal variant: This may be a normal variant, where the bottom disc is not fully formed, and may be partially fused to the sacrum or tail bone. Not necessarily a problem. ...Read more
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