Damage to the spinal cord, an information superhighway that originates in the brain, is a very devastating injury that can lead to paralysis. Most people have heard of traumatic spinal cord injuries because the sudden tragedies grab headlines from time to time. But, few people have heard of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the tube which shelters the spinal cord called the spinal canal (See Spine Anatomy 101 ). As the space tightens like a noose, this slow strangulation of the nerves in the spine can disrupt anyone’s life. Sara turned 68 years old last month. She has enjoyed good health and has been an avid golfer. But, lately she has noticed an aching pain in her legs that occurs when she is walking or standing. This new problem has really slowed her golf game down and has made it difficult for her to even do her own grocery shopping. The only way she can make it up and down the aisles is by leaning on the shopping cart because that eases her pain. Frustrated, she calls to ...
Radio Frequency Neurotomy (or ablation) is the application of a precisely targeted electrical field to change the function of nerves - in my case, several specific spinal nerve branches at the top of my neck, making it incapable of transmitting pain signals. A probe is placed thru the skin and muscles to the targeted nerves next to the spine in the facet joints, and the radio frequency waves damage the spinal nerve roots so that they no longer function.
Hello all. This is my first share-post here. I hope perhaps someone out there is familiar with or has undergone this procedure (good or bad) and can give me a clue what to expect, or if I should even consider it. I had six diagnostic blocks done about a month ago. C2-C4, left and right. Neck pain relief was amazing after the numbness wore off and cortisone kicked in really well. Pain relief for chronic debilitating migraines and Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalgias (TACs), was partial. The pain I feel with headaches is mostly on...
Lumbar spinal surgery is used to correct problems with the spinal bones (vertebrae), disks, or nerves of the lower back (lumbar spine).
Spinal surgery - cervical
Lumbar spinal surgery
The spine consists of bones (vertebrae) separated by soft cushions (disks). Pressure on the nerves that branch off the spinal cord can produce pain, numbness , tingling , or weakness.
Lumbar spinal surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free). A surgical cut is made over the area of the problem. The bone that curves around and covers the spinal cord and the tissue that presses on the nerve or spinal cord are removed.
The hole through which the nerve passes may be widened to prevent further pressure on the nerve. Sometimes, spinal fusion is necessary to stabilize the area.
Patients with spinal pain in the neck or back are usuall...
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