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.
Cervical spine injur. The answer is no - you need an evaluation by a neurologist or neurosurgeon first to determine the severity of the injury and then a decision to treat at home can be made.

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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...
Depends. Severity and causation are important in determining the extent of injury. Neck pain is a common symptom. Stretch ligamentous injuries "whiplash" can be treated with muscle relaxants, nsaids, and sometimes by wearing a soft collar. Read more...

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

Generally if there. were any significant issues in the thoracic spine you would most likely have symptoms emanating from there that would draw a clinician's attention. That being said, some traumas can lead to non adjacent injuries to the spine that can sometimes be delayed in diagnosis but generally not because of degeneration in another region. Read more...
Prob not. Thoracic spine injuries do not lead to degenerative changes in the cervical spine. If you are having mid back pain and/or radiation of the pain to the front of your chest you should mention this to your doctor. Read more...
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...

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

It Depends. After a spine injury, surgery can be an option if the spine is rendered unstable or if there is a pinched nerve or spinal cord. Xrays and cat scan can detect most surgically significant spinal instabilities, while an MRI is the best test to evaluate the status of the neural elements within the spine. Read more...
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...
Last resort. Generally, spine surgery is performed in patients with definite abnormalities on imaging which cause persistent symptoms not helped by conservative treatment such as physical therapy and/or injections. Sometimes an acute injury to the spine can make it unstable, or acutely compress the nerve roots and/or spindl cord. In those cases surgery would be performed sooner. Read more...

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...

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...
Did you injure the n. Did you injure the neck at the time? If so then yes. Very possible as the years go on the initial damage worsens and you have continued and worsening problems and thus pain. Read more...