Thoracic Spinal Stenosis – Breathing Difficulties and Other Symptoms

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The thoracic spine is connected to the ribs and stenosis here can cause breathing difficulties.

Thoracic spinal stenosis may be less common than lumbar spinal stenosis or cervical spinal stenosis but it can still cause pain along with a variety of other symptoms. The thoracic spine is made up of twelve vertebrae starting from the shoulders and going down through the rib cage to the lumbar spine. The spinal cord is protected inside this spinal column and spinal nerves branch off and exit the spine through foramina in the thoracic vertebrae. Continue reading “Thoracic Spinal Stenosis – Breathing Difficulties and Other Symptoms” »

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New Research Reveals Cause of Chronic Nerve Pain

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Residual nerve cells at root of chronic nerve pain after nerve damage.

Groundbreaking research into the development of chronic nerve pain, published this week, could have significant consequences for those suffering from spinal stenosis and radiculopathy. University of Bristol scientists have identified which sensory nerve cells contribute to chronic nerve pain, offering a target for treatment of long-term pain from partial nerve injury as may occur in acute spinal stenosis or chronic untreated stenosis which damages the spinal nerves. Continue reading “New Research Reveals Cause of Chronic Nerve Pain” »

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Does Race Influence Arthritis Treatment? Black Arthritis Patients Get Fewer Biologic DMARDs

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Are black patients given a raw deal when it comes to treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

A new study in California shows that if you’re black and have rheumatoid arthritis you’re less likely than your white counterparts to be taking biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). The reasons behind this racial disparity in healthcare are likely to be multifactorial, according to the researchers at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Pasadena, but some health advocates are worried that discrimination is compromising black patients’ treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

This disparity could then leave sufferers with severe neck pain, back pain, and other symptoms of the autoimmune condition, as well as increasing the likelihood of unchecked joint degeneration leading to spinal stenosis. Continue reading “Does Race Influence Arthritis Treatment? Black Arthritis Patients Get Fewer Biologic DMARDs” »

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Bulging Disc Treatment Options to Relieve Your Pain

Bulging disc treatmentIf you’ve been diagnosed with a bulging disc, treatment will likely begin conservatively, or non-surgically. These treatment methods could help relieve the symptoms that can arise when a bulging disc comes into contact with the delicate neural structures in your spine.

Neural Compression

Compression of the spinal cord or one of its nerve roots can occur if a bulging disc or another abnormality blocks the spinal canal or intervertebral foramina. These are passageways in the spine that surround the spinal cord and its nerve roots, respectively. When these passageways become narrowed, this condition is known as spinal stenosis. The narrowing can lead to nerve compression, which often causes pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling that radiate into the extremities.

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How Do You Get Spinal Stenosis?

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Lifting heavy objects may cause acute spinal stenosis but general wear and tear is the most likely cause.

You finally receive a diagnosis to explain your chronic back pain, after weeks of worry, but now you’re wondering how you got spinal stenosis. Did you do something wrong? Is spinal stenosis inherited? Is it serious? There are many explanations for spinal stenosis and every case is different, just as everyone lives their life slightly differently. Whilst there are clear causes of spinal stenosis, sometimes no one thing appears to be to blame. It can help to understand how you get spinal stenosis in order to remove any contributing factors, where possible, so make sure to ask your physician to explain your condition fully and you may find a simple remedy for that niggling back pain. Continue reading “How Do You Get Spinal Stenosis?” »

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Before Starting Bulging Disc Treatment, Learn About Your Condition

Bulging disc treatmentWhen it comes to bulging disc treatment, what works for another individual may not work for you. In fact, creating a treatment plan with your physician often involves a period of trial and error as you determine which methods are helping to relieve your discomfort and which ones aren’t. Though every person will react differently to various treatments, taking time to better understand your condition may reveal to you which bulging disc treatment methods could be most effective at mitigating your symptoms.
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Foraminal Spinal Stenosis Surgery

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Foraminal spinal stenosis surgery is rarely needed urgently and is, instead, often scheduled only if conservative therapies have failed.

Foraminal spinal stenosis surgery is normally treated conservatively for the first six months of symptoms at which point patients who have not improved or found ways to manage the condition may be considered eligible for back surgery. Acute foraminal stenosis causing severe neurological symptoms may necessitate earlier surgery to free trapped nerves and prevent permanent damage and long-term effects of spinal stenosis. Such acute need for foraminal spinal stenosis surgery is rare, however, as the condition tends to develop over time and create earlier milder symptoms of intermittent nerve compression before severe symptoms arise. Continue reading “Foraminal Spinal Stenosis Surgery” »