The good news for patients suffering from herniated disc is that several researches have proved that herniated disc related problems can be easily resolved within 6 weeks, even without using treatment and exercises. Majority of the cases can also be resolved by just taking adequate rest and without even undergoing surgery or intensive treatment. The common prescription that is prescribed to the patients suffering from herniated discs in a number of cases is conventional painkillers or NSAIDs that only resolve the pain. But, in the long run, it could create problems relating to the stomach and the heart. Continue reading
Spine decompression is a type of surgery performed to remove pressure applied on the spine or nerve root. This surgery works by removing the lamina to widen the spaces in the spine or nerve roots to relieve all symptoms that are related to spinal cord irritation and compression. Such symptoms include numbness, pain, weakness and burning sensations.
Spine decompression is a very effective way in treating a herniated disc, ligament formation, bone spurs and tumors and it can be performed in various sections of the spine, the neck and the back (thoracic and lumbar). Continue reading
The human body bears a spine with 33 vertebrae, all aligned to provide support for the body and at the same time, accommodates a passageway for the nerves and spinal cord. On top of the spine is located the seven cervical vertebrae, and then followed by a twelve vertebrae in which 12 rib pairs originated. Next to this come the five lumbar vertebrae, followed by five sacral bones or the pelvis and then four coccyx bones or the tailbone. Continue reading
From the brain’s base through the spinal bone and extending down to the lower back runs the spinal cord. Right after a child is conceived, certain cells gather together to form a pipe that will develop into the spinal cord. If this pipe fails to close completely, tethering of the spinal cord can occur. In tethered spinal cord syndrome, the cord abnormally attaches within the child’s boney spine. Continue reading
Spine surgery is the last option for treating back pains but there are some emergencies that will need immediate surgical procedure. In most cases, spine surgery is considered if therapy does not help alleviate the pain. Continue reading
Spine surgeons are doctors who have received medical training in diagnosing and treating spine disorders and related conditions of the neck, mid-back and lower back. Other such disorders include the following: Continue reading
Cervical stenosis is a condition wherein the spinal canal becomes compressed. When this happens, the spinal cord and the nerves will not have enough space. This may lead to either myelopathy or radiculopathy or worse, a combination of the two called myeloradiculopathy. These conditions are all classified by spinal cord and nerve damages. Continue reading
The main objective of a cervical spine surgery is to relieve pain, restore proper nerve function and prevent irregular movements of the spine. It is basically performed by removing a portion of a bone or disc and then fusing the spine with a bone graft in the front or back of the vertebrae.
The bone grafts used in cervical spine surgery come in two types, the autograft and allograft. These bone grafts are fused into the spine using metal screws, plates or wires for stability. When the spine is stabilized, irregular and abnormal spine motion is prevented thus restoring normal nerve function. Continue reading
Spine fracture due to osteoporosis is very common and as a matter of fact, approximately 700,000 people in the United States alone are suffering from this disorder each year.
The problem with spine fracture is that it is not diagnosed and treated most of the time. People always think of it as a simple back pain from muscle strain, injury in the soft tissue or as a normal part of getting old. Continue reading
Cervical spine arthritis is also known as spondylosis, a condition that affects the upper spine. Arthritis is generally caused by the wearing and tearing of cartilage in the joints, which results from injuries or aging.
Cervical spine arthritis is caused by degeneration of the cervical vertebrae caused by wearing-off of the cartilages in between them. This degeneration slowly narrows the nerve root spaces (foramen) between the vertebras and compresses the nerves in the spinal cord. When this happens, the nerves are inflamed bringing pain that extends to the arms. Continue reading
A cervical herniated disc is a typical cause of pain in the arm, shoulder, and neck. Its symptoms may be any of the following: dull or intense pain between your shoulder blades or in your neck; pain that extends down your arm to your hand or your fingers; and numbness or a tingling sensation in the arm or shoulder. Specific neck movements or positions can also make the pain worse. Continue reading
Several factors are considered before deciding that cervical disc replacement is the best treatment option versus fusion surgery or conventional decompression. The benefits and risks of cervical disc replacement can only be understood with in-depth, long term and numerous studies, and this fact is the biggest consideration. Presently, much of the data on the cervical discs are based on theories. Continue reading