Sometimes even just picking up a piece of paper will cause a “pop” as a spinal disc herniates. The spinal discs are the shock absorbers layered between the spine bones that are stacked like blocks. When a disc herniates, it has bulged outside of its normal boundaries. The result is very painful and can also be very debilitating for months if not years. Here are some facts and solutions to keep in mind about spinal disc herniations.
v Disc Herniations Occur When the Disc Pressure is High: Bending over to pick up a piece of paper does not sound strenuous, but it can be detrimental to a weakened disc. Disc pressure increases anytime the spine is flexed. Eventually, the pressure may get high enough to overcome the resistance of the perimeter barrier that keeps the disc material contained. When the barrier fails, a disc herniation happens. Some people actually feel the “pop”.
Effectively relieving the pain of a disc herniation can be done b...
Q: I have been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease. I understand this is the same as osteoarthritis . It is primarily in my hips and knees. I am considering going into an upper flat. Is stair climbing beneficial or detrimental to the OA? A: Osteoarthritis is a synonym for degenerative joint disease. People in their 50s and '60s will frequently develop bony nodules over the small joints of the fingers (Heberden's and Bouchard's nodes) which are usually painless, though unsightly. These nodules are frequent markers of osteoarthritis, promising the possibility of joint involvement in other parts of the body. Although nobody knows what constitutes genetic risk factors for the development of osteoarthritis, a large number of people who have undergone trauma to the large weight-bearing joints (football injuries, falls, motor vehicle accidents, surgery) will lose cartilage over time. Cartilage serves as a protective tissue between adjacent long bones, and when lost through...
Spongy degeneration of the brain; Aspartoacylase deficiency
Treatment mostly aims to ease the symptoms of the disease. Lithium and other drugs are being investigated.
Additional information and resources are available from:
Canavan Foundation: www.canavanfoundation.org
Jacob's Cure: www.jacobscure.org
With Canavan disease, the central nervous system breaks down. Patients are likely to become disabled.
Death often occurs before 18 months of age. However, some patients live until they are teenagers or, rarely, young adults.
This is often a fatal disorder. It includes severe disabilities such as:
Inability to walk
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if your child has any symptoms of Canavan disease.
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