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Can i treat cervical spine injury at home?

Can i treat cervical spine injury at home?

Spine injury: After the patient has been evaluated by a neurosurgeon to ensure there is no instability or spinal cord compression that would require surgery, the patient will often receive neck exercises to do at home that reduce pain, muscle spasm and increase range of motion. Moist warm heat and ice may be used in conjunction with the exercises. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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Can you tell me the main symptoms of cervical spine injury?

Can you tell me the main symptoms of cervical spine injury?

Possibly: You could have any combination of pain, weakness, numbess, tingling, bowel or bladder problems, breathing problems, or even problems maintaining your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Probably not: Degenerative changes are most common in the cervical and lumbar spine. I doubt old injury to thoracic spine had any effect unless cervical spine injured at same time. ...Read more

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How bad does your neck/spine injury have to be to require surgery?

How bad does your neck/spine injury have to be to require surgery?

Bad enough . . . .: If you have a diagnosis that clearly explains the source of your pain, then the decision for surgery depends on how bad the pain is versus how risky the surgery might be. The most important part is to be as sure as possible you have the right diagnosis and that the surgery is as safe as possible. When the disability is bad enough to significantly affect your life, you're ready. ...Read more

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Any suggestions relieve pain from neck & head pry due to tension and old spine injury besides lying down? Have cpl stretches but they don't work.

Any suggestions relieve pain from neck & head pry due to tension and old spine injury besides lying down?  Have cpl stretches but they don't work.

Stress relief: According you your self diagnosis, stress, which is an overly common issue, I have some recommendations. Stretching, use of hot/cold packs, consider massage, yoga, physical therapy, even chiropractic. Look at reducing stress - important. Consider a traction trial at pt, which you can self administer at home if effective. Look at changing your pillow, and try to sleep on your back. ...Read more

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Can a thoracic spine injury from a slip n fall later cause problems with the neck over a period of years ?

Can a thoracic spine injury from a slip n fall later cause problems with the neck over a period of years ?

Neck pain causes: Yes. Slip and falls can alter function which over time can lead to other chronic issues and /or degeneration. You can certainly sustain a whiplash type of injury. ...Read more

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I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. Are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome ? I had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. It helped a lot, but was very expensive an

I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. Are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome ? I had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. It helped a lot, but was very expensive an

Not Really Anything: that is cheaper, your insurance should cover repeat treatments though. Stem Cell Therapies are available but generally are not covered by insurance so more expensive. Check out Regenexx.Com. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. ...Read more

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What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

Rehab: Rehab may optimize recovery form spine injury. Treatment depends on the type of injury, if surgery was required and the presence or absence of weakness, paralysis or bowel and bladder problems. Usually physical therapy plays a large part in the rehab process which may include walking, core and extremity strengthening. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why isn't my upper spine injury (from squatting) not healing?

Why isn't my upper spine injury (from squatting) not healing?

Need clarification: Is there pain? fracture? Nerve or ligament inj?Are you continuing squats? If there is no fracture, ligaments attached to vertebrae may be torn/stretched & heal poorly; you have a disc problem; nerve inj; or vertabra(e) is/are stuck.Prolotherapy could help heal ligaments, but you need a proper diagnosis.Good history & physical incl osteopathic hands-on exam might find problem.Manipulation may help. ...Read more

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What causes leg spasms, had spine injury, can't walk or move legs?

What causes leg spasms, had spine injury, can't walk or move legs?

Can't move legs...: That's very strange, unless you have a true spinal cord injury... Please have yourself evaluated soon as true weakness is a bad sign....! ...Read more

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Could a relatively minor spine injury cause dystonia (movement disorders)?

Could a relatively minor spine injury cause dystonia (movement disorders)?

No: Minor spine injuries do not cause dystonia. Consult a neurologist to find the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

Hope superficial: If merely a soft tissue problem, should respond to heat, relaxation, perhaps massage or acupuncture. Recommend an otc anti-inflammatory such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. If things do not stabilize after a few days, check with doctor about more intensive evaluation. ...Read more

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How would i be able to tell the severity of my spine injury after handstand fall?

How would i be able to tell the severity of my spine injury after handstand fall?

What symptoms?: You will need to see a spinal specialist to evaluate you and then diagnose your injury (if any), and then recommend appropriate treatment. A simple fall can lead to no injury or major injury like a spinal fracture/dislocation which may lead to immediate onset vs. Later onset neurologic deficit. ...Read more

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Bowel complications after spine injury, what to do?

Bowel complications after spine injury, what to do?

Have you met with a: Physiatrist with spinal cord training? This can be a difficult situation and I am sorry to hear you are having these issues. One of the most important things to help control bowel issues is to get on a strict bowel routine. Different medications can help this routine, depending on the level of your injury and sticking with the routine can help a great deal. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a spine injury. I had deep tissue massage 3 days ago and have been heavily nauseated since with increased GERD symtpoms. Is this normal?

I have a spine injury. I had deep tissue massage 3 days ago and have been heavily nauseated since with increased GERD symtpoms. Is this normal?

Possible as GERD can: Be related to stress as with an injury and with certain prolonged postures as with a deep tissue massage if you were face down and flat on a table reflux would be more apparent. This also may be related to medication such nsaids if using them for your injury as well. Speak to your doctor about these symptoms. ...Read more

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Would cortisone shots help for my whiplash spine injury, I am losing the fight to try stay positive, being in pain I just can`t take it much longer?

Would cortisone shots help for my whiplash spine injury, I am losing the fight to try stay positive, being in pain I just can`t take it much longer?

Neck pain: Cortisone shots are a mainstay for the treatment of neck pain. Whiplash injury is an outdated term and really doesn't describe the type of problem that you are suffering from. See a neurosurgeon to help explain the problem and to develop a focused treatment plan to reduce or eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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My mother had fall down from stairs on 6th May’14 and have spine injury and had operated successfully on 10th May’14 but after surgery she is not in c?

My mother had fall down from stairs on 6th May’14 and have spine injury and had operated successfully on 10th May’14 but after surgery she is not in c?

Incomplete question: Your question is incomplete.Your mother had spine injury and had surgery and she is not? We can not answer why she is still not well. I will suggest that she followsthe advice of her doctors for her rehab/PT/OT and if not satisfied with the doctors get a second opinion ...Read more

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How to clear an ER patient with a suspected spine injury?

How to clear an ER patient with a suspected spine injury?

X-ray : And examination should be done . Depending on what happened a CT scan or MRI maybe needed but are not requirements. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more