A fragile fracture of the spine can go undetected for a long period of time. These fractures lack the drama of a broken leg or broken arm. Furthermore, these fractures are not usually caused by a life-altering trauma or incident. No, these fractures are more the quiet-types sitting in the corner of someone’s life. You can detect a fracture of the spine if you look for these five signs.
Pain with breathing, coughing or laughing: Because osteoporosis-related fractures often involves the thoracic spine, a portion of the spine that joins with the chest wall, sudden chest wall movements like deep breathes, sudden coughs or bursts of laughter will aggravate this area of the spine that may have been fractured.
Pain with bending or lifting: Compression fractures of the spine occur in the front of the spinal column. This area is under the greatest amount of stress when bending forward or lifting; thus, pain during these activities is a reliable sign that the ...
A small community woke up to the solemn, shocking news that a 59 year old husband, father and popular restaurant owner had died suddenly from complications during back surgery. After letting that information penetrate the early morning haze, some may have wondered about the cause of death. How can something go so terribly wrong during spine surgery?
The fact of the matter is that millions of surgeries occur per year. Within those millions are thousands of heart attacks that occur around the time of surgery. Up to one quarter of the people that have a heart attack during the time of surgery will die. Those that have diabetes, heart failure, blood loss, or risky surgeries are at the highest risk. As the population ages, people having surgery are more and more likely to be at risk of having the dreaded and often deadly heart attack around the time of surgery.
Heart attacks at the time of surgery are not the usual types of cardiac events that happen during normal circumstanc...
A lumbosacral spine MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the structures that make up the spine, the spinal cord, and the spaces between the vertebrae, through which the nerves travel.
Conventional radiography and computed tomographic ( CT ) imaging use potentially harmful radiation (x-rays) that passes through a patient to generate images. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is based on the magnetic properties of atoms, and there is no exposure to the same type of radiation used in x-rays and CT scans.
A powerful magnet generates a magnetic field roughly 10,000 times stronger than the Earth's. A very small percentage of hydrogen atoms within the body will align with this field. Radio wave pulses are broadcast towards the aligned hydrogen atoms in tissues of interest, returning a signal of their own. The slight differences of those signals from different tissues enables MRI to tell the difference between various organs, and potentially, prov...
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