Spine Archive: Spinal Cord Injury

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Various Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries

While damage to the spinal cord is irreversible, there are always new methods being developed for treating injuries. To find out more, search here in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center.

When the spinal cord is damaged it becomes increasingly challenging to get it back to its original condition. Although it may never be in the shape it once was – there are methods to maintaining and treating spinal cord injuries including immobilization (where movement is restricted for alignment), surgery (removing objects, stabilizing the spine), medications (reducing damage and inflammation), and even experimental treatments (nerve regeneration).

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More about Spinal Cord Injuries

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Spinal cord injuries disrupt the signals that are transmitted between your body and your brain. There are two types of spinal cord injuries – incomplete and complete. In a complete spinal cord injury, signals cannot be sent below the injury area resulting in paralysis. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, signals can still be transmitted but not on a healthy level – resulting in reduced movement and sensation.

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Radiculopathy

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Radicular pain is typically caused by compression along the spine, among other symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and weakness. This condition is also referred to as radiculopathy when as nerves are compressed. Radiculopathy can occur in any area of the spine but is generally present in the lower back and neck.

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Treatments for Quadriplegia

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When nerves are damaged from a spinal injury within the spinal cord they unfortunately are beyond repair. However, surgery can be a solution to relieve the pressure associated with the bone fragments or foreign objects that may be forced up against these areas. Relieving this pressure can help the surrounding area of the spinal cord from becoming worsened by the spreading of inflammation.

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Common Surgical Procedures in Children

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Diagnostic findings are important to determine the severity of cases in children. Once a full diagnosis has been completed the physician will determine the discourse of treatment. Common spine surgeries in children include treatments for scoliosis, kyphosis (forward hunching of the back), lordosis (swayback), and spondylolisthesis (vertebral slippage).

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Osteoporosis – What is it?

Aging along with an improper or unhealthy lifestyle can lead to complications of osteoporosis. To learn more about spine health and osteoporosis – search here in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Typically, people with osteoporosis will experience bone breakage in the upper spine where forward motion can put increased stress on the spine and vertebral bones. When these bones break, it often leads to pain. Sometimes, height can be affected if too many bones break which will make people appear hunched over. This phenomenon is called kyphosis.

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Osteoporosis & Kyphosis

Osteoporosis & Kyphosis are linked closely together because of the affect they have on our spines. Want to find out more? Read on here in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients with osteoporosis suffer from a loss or decrease of bone mass. When too many breakages occur along the spine from this weakness, the backbone will begin to curve forward. Patients with kyphosis will often look like they are stooped over or hunching. Severe kyphosis can cause the patient to appear extremely bent over, almost exhibiting a hump. Kyphosis can be the cause of pain associated with nerves pinching and other elements of the back being stretched.

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Caring For Your Spine

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Proper movement while exercising and performing daily activities is key to protecting your spine – especially for those with osteoporosis. By performing activities safely, you can greatly decrease the likelihood of a serious injury to your spine. The best exercises you can do if you have osteoporosis will involve movements that DO NOT lead to bending forward, twisting, lifting heavy objects. Please do not perform crunches or sit-ups as these are forward motions and are not good for osteoporosis.

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Spondylolisthesis Severity

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The lower back is often a point of pain and discomfort relating to spinal issues. This is because the lower back supports a large amount of weight and is also responsible for high levels of motion too. The wear on the lower back can cause vertebra to contact the nerve roots or spinal cord. The severity at which the bone or vertebra slips forward onto the bone below is measured by the Meyerding grading classification. This grading system includes grades I through IV with IV being the most severe level of slippage.

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Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

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In older adults the common causes of lower back pain involving the lumbar region of the spine are attributed to compression fractures or disc degeneration like osteoarthritis. In younger patients, back pain is more likely to be concentrated to the spacing between the discs via degenerative disc disease or a disc herniation. Sometimes back pain can even be the result of strains within the back muscles and other soft tissues located in or around the spine.