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can accupuncture or chiropractor solve the problem of spinal cord compression?


i have had one operation where a plate has been screwed to my spine at c6/c7 and now they are considering a second ne as the cord still looks a bit tight.
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A chiropractor cannot fix your condition or any other. At best they would just make you feel better temporarily. I would advise that your do everything you can to avoid chiropractic treatment as it will often do more harm than good.

Chiropractors have to believe that everything causes conditions that only they can fix so they can convince patients that we can't live comfortably without visits twice per week.

I had a stroke last year as a result of chiropractic treatment and have since made it a priority to raise awareness of the dangers of chiropractic care. Please visit this website to read my story and similar ones of other victims so you may be aware of the risks and make an informed decision about treatment.  (+ info)

Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression - severe?


Can I do strenouous exercise or sports or not? I get mixed answers. If the MRI says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what do you think?
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i am a chiropractor and specialize in spine related injuries. the disc acts as both a cushion and a spacer between each vertebrae. if a disc is bulging/herniated, that bulge can put pressure on the nerves exiting between each vertebra which causes a "pinched nerve." also if the disc is wearing out (getting thinner) you lose the space between the vertebra, which leaves less room for those nerves to exit--and again can pinch a nerve. the nerves in your cervical spine (neck) go all the way down your arm while the nerves in your lumbar spine (low back) form the sciatic nerve which runs all the way down your leg. if any of these are "pinched" they can cause pain, numbess, tingling, weakness wherever these nerves go (down arms/legs).

as a chiropractor i see this type of scenario on a daily basis. for those who have degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, disc bulging, etc.--normal chiropractic care can usually help with those problems. but there are also many people out there that have had this problem for many years and can't find relief with anything they try--including chiropractic.

but now there is a treatment that is perfect for your situation and the best part is: it's non-surgical and non-invasive. if you haven't heard of it yet it is called spinal decompression. this type of treatment focuses on disc injuries and the problems they cause. i use the DRX9000 spinal decompression system in my office and it works wonders for people with these types of injuries (approx. 90% successful). the DRX9000 is fda approved and is the best decompression system available (there are cheap knock-offs that don't give the same results).

my recommendation would be to see a chiro, especially if you've never tried it before-just to see what they have to say. also do some research on this treatment and then contact someone (usually a chiro) who uses it in their office. i would just google "DRX9000" to find info on it and doctors in your area who may have it. this treament is able to encourage the disc to go back to it's normal orientation and also rebuild its height--which then takes the pressure off whatever nerve it is compressing. pain meds, cortisone shots, epidurals won't do anything to solve the problem--all they do is cover it up and they become less and less effective over time. surgery AT BEST is 50% successful and usually doesn't solve the problem since most people need another surgery 5-10 years down the road for the same issue. it's typically a viscious cycle. remember: surgery is always an option, so try something prior to surgery to see if you can avoid it--cause once you do the surgery there is no going back.

this treatment is extremely effective for degenerative disc disease, disc bulging, herniation, etc. and also sciatica type of cases, especially if you haven't had surgery yet. i've had many patients who were scheduled for surgery, tried this treatment as a last resort, and then ended up cancelling their surgery altogether after treatment was completed. it really does work and that's what my recommendation would be for you. good luck and hopefully this gives insight to others experiencing similar problems--there is a solution!!!  (+ info)

FES - Any thoughts on electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?


true spinal cord compression is treated surgically  (+ info)

What is the spinal cord compression? and how can it be cured?


there will be disks in between two bones in the spinal cord. when it gets compressed it will damage the disks leading to acute pain.
its difficult to cure it parmenantly but it can be cured by physotheraphy trained by a professional . and stopping rigrous excersise and also not lifting weight.  (+ info)

Spinal Cord Compression & Related Problems - Doctors pls help & advise!?


I was completely normal person until I had an accidental fall 3 yrs ago, suffered slipped disc injury to 3 discs L3, L4 & L5 and as a result I suffered compression of spinal cord as well as compression of S1 nerve and various nerve roots and had to be operated upon in mid-2003 to trim these 3 discs and compression was removed.I have recovered now but have some weakness of muscles.I have some constant tingling sensation on the soles of my feet which is very disturbing, which causes me some difficulty in walking and standing barefoot.Now on my sexual organs,the sensory nerves of my sexual organ have been disturbed and nerve conductivity in this region is less and as a result of which I have weak erections and have had no ejaculation since this accidient took place.The skin on my penis and scrotum has less sensitivity also the skin on right side of my glans penis has very little or no sensation but left side has full sensation.Used allopathic medicines for 1 yr but switched to homoepathy.
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a lot of problems like this seem to come from inflamation. Next time you see your doc, ask about cox 1 and cox 2 inhibitors. You want to have some inflamation for protection, but when it doesn't go away it causes problems. Inflamations blocks nerve pathways (see tingling), blood flow (see erection) and so on.  (+ info)

Can Osteoporosis or Osteopenia cause a compression fracture in the spinal vertebrae?


Does anyone know the most common causes of compression fractures of the cervical vertebrae? My mother was recently diagnosed with a compression fracture in her spinal cord at C7 (neck area).

She was Dx w/osteopenia 4 years ago, but hasn't taken any steps to prevent further progression other than calcium supplements (and not routinely). She has a history of bone fractures, as she fractured her wrist about 2 years ago in a minor fall.

She has yearly mammograms and had lung X-rays taken last year as part of her annual physical. Everything was fine: no traces of cancer in either place. She is 64 y/o, caucasian, non-smoker, healthy and active, and other than having hypothyroidism, she has no other history of disease.

Her recent MRI did not reveal any type of tumor at the sight, however, they want to do further testing to make sure she doesn't have a malignancy anywhere else in her body. Apparently many cancers can matastasize in the spine.

What are the chances this compression fracture is due to a lack of bone density and NOT to an unidentified malignancy elsewhere in the body?

Please sight any references, if possible.

Thanks for your help.
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Your description matches perfectly for someone who will be prone to having a compression fracture. The broken wrist and osteopenia along with being a post menopausal woman who is not actively protecting herself against further bone loss. Compression fracture almost certainly.

My MIL also would not take calcium and did not eat a balanced diet. One day she called unable to get out of bed due to extreme pain. 7 compression fractures. Her spine looked like swiss cheese only with tiny holes. The Dr took one look at the x-rays and said no wonder she is in so much pain. Over a period of time the stress fractures slowly healed although she now has a low level of chronic back pain.

For the past ten years she has been on 2 tablespoons daily of liquid calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D mixture since she can not swallow big calcium pills.
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She also takes an extra 400IU Vitamin D because vitamin D is needed for the calcium to be absorbed. New research indicates that someone like your mom needs about 1000 IU daily. My MIL also takes the RX spray Miacalcin which slows the turnover of bone osteoclasts which strengthens bone when the drug is taken over time. This spray is only one nasal squirt daily and much easier than Fosamax for an elderly lady to use. http://www.miacalcin.com/index.jsp

While it certainly will not hurt your mother to have a non invasive workup to make sure there is not some type of malignancy, if I was betting money, my money would be on compression fracture caused by osteoporosis. Healing is a process so expect this to take a while. If she does not start taking better care of herself it is highly likely that she will have new fractures in the future. good luck  (+ info)

4. Karen falls down a flight of stairs and suffers SPINAL CORD damage due to hyper-extension of the cord durin?


4. Karen falls down a flight of stairs and suffers SPINAL CORD damage due to hyper-extension of the cord during the fall. The injury results in edema of the central cord with resulting compression of the anterior horn cells of the lumbar region. What SYMPTOMS would you expect to observe as a result of the injury? Explain.
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Can osteopenia/porosis cause a compression fracture in the spinal vertebrae?


Does anyone know the most common causes of compression fractures of the cervical vertebrae? My mother was recently diagnosed with a compression fracture in her spinal cord at C7 (neck area).

She was Dx w/osteopenia 4 years ago, but hasn't taken any steps to prevent further progression other than calcium supplements (and not routinely). She has a history of bone fractures, as she fractured her wrist about 2 years ago in a minor fall.

She has yearly mammograms and had lung X-rays taken last year as part of her annual physical. Everything was fine: no traces of cancer in either place. She is 64 y/o, caucasian, non-smoker, healthy and active, and other than having hypothyroidism, she has no other history of disease.

Her recent MRI did not reveal any type of tumor at the sight, however, they want to do further testing to make sure she doesn't have a malignancy anywhere else in her body. Apparently many cancers can matastasize in the spine.

What are the chances this compression fracture is due to a lack of bone density and NOT to an unidentified malignancy elsewhere in the body?

Please sight any references, if possible.

Thanks for your help.
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My grandmother has had 3 compression vertebrae fractures due to osteoprosis. She is in excellent health otherwise.  (+ info)

when would you give a patient with spinal cord compression and PSA of 2000 ketoconazole?


patient with multiple bony mets, heme/onc already started on casodex and lupron (simultaneously) family refuses orchiectomy
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Orchiectomy is the fastest way to obtain a castrate level of testosterone. Ketoconazole is the next fastest. If a patient has symptomatic spinal cord compression from prostate cancer mets, immediate orchiectomy or ketoconazole AND steroid bolus is indicated. Lupron will eventually result in chemical castration, but first causes a "flare" of testosterone that can initially worsen cord compression, but this affect is minimized by blocking the testosterone receptor with bicalutamide (casodex) Also, external beam radiation to the affected vertebrae can slow progress of mets and should be considered in a patient like this. Hope this helps.  (+ info)

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the C5/6 & C6/7 cause perment damage?


Numbness, pins and needles, loss of feeling from head to toe.
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Yes i have just had a MRI scan for the same reason as i woke up one morning and my left hand had dropped and numb could not use left hand I had trapped my radial nerve which start in in c 4/5 paid for mri scan as whould have had to wait 10 to 14 weeks on nhs 3days at bupa the bottom line was that i have interverterbral foraminal narrowing which is most severe at c3/4 and Degenerative spondylosis in the spinal canal narrowing worst at c4/5 Hope this helped  (+ info)

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