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Symptoms and Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

From the base of the skull to the tailbone, the bones and joints of the spinal column create a well-protected canal through which the spinal cord and nerves travel. In normal health, this spinal canal is wide enough to allow plenty of space for the neural elements within. When this canal becomes too narrow, and

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Xray of spine with bone spurs developing

Understanding Bone Spurs of the Spine

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are overgrowths of bone. Spurs can develop along bone edges, at ligament or tendon attachments, and within joint spaces, such as knees and hips. When bone spurs develop, they can cause pain through nerve impingement, friction against surrounding soft tissue, and changes in the joint’s normal patterns of motion.

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What to Expect After a Spinal Fusion

If a patient experiences back pain with signs of a neurological disturbance in the extremities or thoracic region they should have an MRI of the affected area. Only if their symptoms correlate with severe pathology seen on the imaging study, should a doctor recommend spine surgery. A neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon should make the

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Understanding the Benefits of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is a physician’s specialty that treats patients challenged with musculoskeletal disorders. Physicians trained in PM&R, called physiatrists, can provide sophisticated care for musculoskeletal disorders that are caused by trauma, a sports injury, disease, congenital disorders or aging. Sometimes a musculoskeletal disorder arises from a brain disorder, a spine disorder, a

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Herniated Disc In Spine

Bulging Discs Versus Herniated Discs: Understanding the Difference

The spinal column is made up of vertebral bones, joints, and 26 discs which help support painless movement of the spine. Each disc functions as protective cartilage (called spinal discs) between each vertebra. These discs help cushion the vertebral bones and allow movement in all directions. As individuals age, however, discs can deteriorate, change shape,

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x-ray of lumbar section of spine experiencing stenosis

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatments in New Jersey

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back region through which the spinal cord passes. Wherever this opening is narrowed, the surrounding bony structures place pressure on the nervous tissue which travels throughout the lower body and causes sensory changes and muscular strength changes. A variety of discomforting symptoms

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Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment for Radiculopathy

The term “radiculopathy” is used to describe unpleasant symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, or pain, that result from a pinched nerve in the spine. Pinching can occur anywhere in the spine but is most common in the Cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) regions. These symptoms, and others, may be further diagnosed and treated by

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Patient Suffering From Back Pain

Different Causes of Sciatica

Originating in the lower back or hip, sciatica is a sharp, shooting, radiating pain that runs down the back of the thigh, buttocks, and possibly into the calf. This can make it extremely difficult to complete simple, everyday tasks. Some cases can be very debilitating making it impossible to get comfortable. In Northern New Jersey,

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x-ray of spine experiencing scoliosis

Treatment Variations in Adolescent Scoliosis

Scoliosis describes a spine that is abnormally curved or twisted. Most commonly it occurs in either the thoracic or lumbar region of the spine. In the United States, scoliosis tends to first be identified in children around the age of puberty during a physical exam for school. Milder versions of scoliosis are detected in patients

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Understanding the Term Survival Rates for Glioblastoma

Survival rates can be reported based on different types of treatment as well as if no treatment is received. The quoted survival rate of any disease should be based on the most recent long-term study of that particular disease. Ultimately, the survival rate for any disease is just a statistic to gauge the need and

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The Advancement of Cervical Disc Pain Treatment

Cervical disc replacements were first implanted in 1966. Throughout the years, technology has improved and refined implant materials and mechanics. By 2016, not only were cervical disc replacements for severe cervical disc disease preferred for the short term and the long term, the implants were made of titanium so an MRI follow-up image could be

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Possible Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

The brain is a complex organ that is responsible for initiating and coordinating muscle movement, receiving and interpreting sensory input, regulating emotions, and performing cognitive functions. A tumor that presents in the brain can either originate in the brain (primary tumor) or can originate in other parts of the body and then migrate to the

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