Category: Neck Pain

BPS 18: Important Information about Cervical Stenosis with Myelopathy

Cervical spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the protective spinal canal of the neck narrows. The narrowing can be due to a genetic defect, an injury, or degenerative changes. A condition known as myelopathy occurs in case the spinal canal narrows too much resulting in spinal cord compression.

What exactly is cervical stenosis with myelopathy? What are the causes? What are the symptoms? You will know the answers to these questions here in this article.

Cervical Stenosis with Myelopathy: An Overview

Cervical stenosis with myelopathy is also known as cervical spondylotic myelopathy or cervical spondylosis with myelopathy. Stenosis involves narrowing of the spinal canal while spondylosis is characterized by degeneration of the spine. Stenosis generally occurs due to spondylosis. The result is weakness, pain, and loss of coordination of one or more body parts or functions.

The spine of everyone degenerates with age. The intervertebral discs that provide cushioning between the bones of the vertebra loses hydration over time. It becomes flat, because of which the spinal discs may bulge into the spinal canal.

In addition, the facet joint located ...

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BPS 16: What are the Causes, Types, and Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

Stenosis refers to an abnormal narrowing of the body. Spinal stenosis is a condition where the narrowing occurs in the bone channel occupied by the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Some people are born with a congenital defect, but most develop this as part of the degenerative disc due to aging.

The narrowing of the bone channel may result in radiating pain, numbness, and weakness. It can also result in a secondary compression of the spinal cord or nerves.

What are the Causes of Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis can occur due to many reasons. Some people have a small spinal canal that results in narrowing in the space within the spine. Other causes of the condition include herniated disks, overgrowth of bone, tumors, thickened ligaments, and spinal injuries.

People over the age of 50 are susceptible to developing spinal stenosis. Although, it can also happen in younger individuals.

Types of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis types are classified according to the location where the problem occurs. Based on the location, spinal stenosis can be divided into two types.

1. Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis occurs in the neck area. The cond ...

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BPS 10: Herniated Disk Symptoms and Causes…

Herniated Disc—what is it?

It’s a problem associated with one of the disks located between the vertebrae that are stacked together to make the spine. This spinal disk is like a rubbery cushion which is encased in a tough exterior, while the center of the disk is soft.

A herniated disk is also termed as a ruptured or slipped disk. It is known to occur when some of the soft jelly in the center of the disk squeezes outward through a tear in the exterior. Though it occurs usually in the lumbar spine, some people can have a herniated disk in the cervical spine.

Common Symptoms for Herniated Disk

The condition can be identified through some signs and symptoms such as:

·        Pain in the leg or arm

If you have herniated disk in the lumbar spine, then you are likely to feel intense pain in the lower body region such as your hips, thigh and calf; and sometimes even the foot. However, if the condition affects the cervical region, then you’re likely to experience severe pain in the arm or your shoulder.

The pain shoots in the leg or arm when you move into certain positions, cough or sneeze.

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BPS 6: Sciatica Nerve Pain — What are the Symptoms and Treatment?

Sciatica is a term that is used for leg pain that originates at the lumbar (lower back). In addition, to leg pain, the individual also experiences a numbness and tingling sensation in the area. The pain seems to travel through the buttocks down towards the large sciatic nerve. This nerve is located at the back of each leg.

Keep in mind that sciatica is not a medical condition. Instead, it’s a symptom of a lower back problem. Common lower back problems that can result in sciatic nerve pain include spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, lumbar herniated disc and spinal stenosis.

About the Sciatic Nerve Pain

The sciatic nerve is the largest and the longest nerve in the body. It extends from the lumbosacral plexus and runs through the buttocks and extends into the thigs. The nerve delivers signals to muscles of the things and the lower legs.

The nerve branch out from the spine and then combine to form the sciatic nerve. When this nerve is compressed or irritated near the point of origin, the individual feels symptoms of sciatica.

Sciatica generally occurs in the middle age. It’s more common among people in the 40s and 50s. It rarely occ ...

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BPS 5: What are the Common Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disk is a painful condition that affects the cervical spine, lumbar spine, and the thoracic spine. Each location of the herniated disk pain results in different symptoms. In this article, you will learn about some of the commons symptoms associated with a herniated disc at each location.

1. Symptoms of a Herniated Disc in the Cervical Spine

A herniated disc occurs less commonly in the cervical spine (neck). This is because there is generally less disc material in the area. Symptoms of a herniated disk differ according to the location of the pain at the cervical segment.

At Cervical segment C4-C5 — A herniated disc at this level results in C5 nerve root impingement. Patients tend to feel general weakness in the deltoid muscle of the upper arm and shoulder pain. However, they do not feel any tingling or numbness. At Cervical segment C5-C6 — A herniated disc at this level results in C6 nerve root impingement. This is the most common area of the cervical herniated disc. It can result in pain in the wrist extensor muscles and weakness in the biceps. Individuals also feel tingling and numbness sensation that seems to radiate down to the thumb area ...

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BPS 3: What are the Herniated Disc Treatment Options?

The herniated disc treatment aims to provide pain relief to patients. The exact treatment plan for a herniated disc depends on different factors. Some of the factors that determine individualized treatment plan include severity of pain, the source of the pain, and specific symptoms of the pain.

In this post, we will explain the treatment options for individuals suffering from a herniated disc.

Treatment of Herniated Disc – An Overview

Individuals suffering from a herniated disc are advised to start with a conservative treatment option. For most people, non surgical treatment option provides relief from herniated disc pain. The pain subsides within a few weeks of the conservative treatment plan. If the pain persists for a long duration, a surgical treatment option is recommended.

Conservative Treatment Option

Conservative treatment option is recommended for lumbar and cervical herniated discs. The duration of the treatment is usually between four to six weeks. The aim of the conservative treatment option is not to treat the herniated disc, but to reduce pain by accelerating the recovery process. Some of the non surgical treatment options include the fol ...

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BPS 2: What are the Symptoms and Treatment Options for Cervical Herniated Disc?

Cervical herniated disc refers to a condition when the gel-like center of the cervical disc ruptures. It occurs due to a neck injury or trauma. Pain is felt when the inner core of the disk leaks out and touches against the adjacent spinal nerve.

The article will shed light on the cervical herniated disc. You will learn about the symptoms as well as the treatment options available for the condition.

What is a Cervical Herniated Disc?

Cervical herniated disc occurs when the herniated disc material leaks out and presses on a cervical nerve. This results in a pain that radiates along the nerve pathway from the neck down the arm. Apart from the pain, the individual also experiences a tingling sensation and numbness in the arm and the fingertips. In addition, the individual may feel muscle weakness.

The space available to nerves in the cervical spine is limited. As a result, even a small herniation of the cervical disk can result in serious pain. The pain is the most significant when the nerve becomes pinched due to a herniated disc for the first time.

What are the Symptoms of a Cervical Herniated Disc?

An individual can experience a variety of symptoms due ...

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BPS 1: Herniated Disc Pain — Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment…

A herniated disc is one of the common causes of neck and back pains. The term refers to issues with the spinal disc. Different terms may be used to refer to a herniated disk such as a bulging disc, pinched nerve, ruptured disc, slipped disc, and disc protrusion.

So, how does a herniated disc occur? How is the condition diagnosed? What treatment options are available? The answers to these questions will be a focus of this topic.

What is a Herniated Disc Pain?

A herniated disc pain occurs when inflammatory proteins leak out from the inner core of the spinal disk. The condition usually occurs in the lower back (the lumbar spine) and the neck (the cervical spine). Disc pain is most common in the lower back where the spine bears most of the weight. The condition rarely happens in the mid-back (the thoracic spine).

The two common reasons for a herniated disk pain.

Degeneration of the Spinal Disk — One reason for the disk pain is degeneration of the spinal disk. The spinal disk degenerates to a point where it causes instability and pain in the spinal area. This is known as degenerative disk disease. The pain in this case is chronic and centered around t ...

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Twenty years ago I was lucky to survive a serious hockey injury. In a sport where big men zoomaround on hard ice and solid wood sticks are slung furiously, a difficult back injury is what every player fears.
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