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What is of more concern in a patient with suspected cervical spine injury, decreased chest expansion or impaired gag reflex?

A: It is difficult to determine the type of injury involved, based on the limited information. However, the question points to specific nerve functions of different areas. The movement of the diaphragm - the muscle below the lungs that work with the lungs on breathing in and out - are controlled by nerves coming from the cervical (neck area) spinal cord. The gag reflex, which varies considerably from person to person, are typically controlled by the nerves (cranial nerves) coming from the brain and going to the mouth and face. It would be important to write down and ask questions of the health professionals who have been treating/are treating a person with a suspected injury. More information about spinal


can a cervical spine injury cause dental problems?

A: While there could be pain referred to the neck or jaw, it is unlikely to cause actual dental problems like a tooth cavity and so on if this is what you mean. Nevertheless discuss it with your doctor and dentist....


neuropathy due to cervical spine injury-surgery

A: Hello Oldncold I have cervical injury which you can read in my signature. I also suffer with polyneuropathy and this has been diagnosed through an EMG. But I did have my neck injury over ten years ago, and didn''t have insurance at that time to see a neurosurgeon and neurologist. I was diagnosed with polyneuropathy several months ago as well as Diabetes, so I do not know if their is a connection. I am sorry that you also suffer with this neuropathy. Jeanne _____________________ ~LUMBAR~ Posterolateral Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy & Discectomy on L4,L5,S1 June 2003 Instrumentation = 2 Rods, 6 Screws, 2 Disc Spacers FBSS-Failed Back Surgery Syndrome ~cervical~ Straightening of the...


My father had a cervical spine injury in C5, C6, D1 and D2 in the spinous process with no neurological deficits. After two months of rest (as advised by the neurosurgeon), the broken parts of C5 and C6 segments have dislocated further down. Will the bones fuse together?

A: Fortunately for your father, the spinous processes are located in the back of the spinal column and are not close to neurologic structures. Therefore, fractures of these elements rarely cause neurologic injury....


What Is a cervical spine Fusion?

A: When constant pain in the cervical spine, or neck area, cannot be successfully treated with other methods, a cervical spine fusion is sometimes performed. This surgical procedure fuses vertebrae in the neck to each other, limiting movement so that the pain is reduced or eliminated. At times, a cervical spine fusion is the best way to end long-term, debilitating pain. Chronic pain in the cervical vertebrae is often caused by nerve compression. Fusing the vertebrae at the point where the nerves are compressed greatly reduces motion in the area. It can also help make additional room for nerves and nerve roots. The result...


  cervical spine compression injury

A: Hello,injury to the cervical vertebra can lead to compression of the nerves passing near it. The symptoms oftingling, numbness and decreased movement of the arms suggest some degree of compression of the nerve roots.Tenderness is due to fracture of the vertebra. Well, cervical spine injury should be immobilized with a braceand a MRI should be done to look for the compression of nerves. Neck brace, anti inflammatory medications andrest help in some cases, but if the problem is persistent and severe surgical decompression of the nerve mightbe required. An orthopedic or a neurosurgeon?s consultation is advisable. Hope this helps. Take care andregards....


What is cervical spine Surgery?

A: cervical spine surgery is a procedure aimed at alleviating weakness, tingling, numbness and pain associated with the cervical spine. At the same time, the surgery seeks to correct any abnormalities in the function of the spine and help to restore a proper level of nerve function. The exact form of cervical surgery will depend on the general condition of the patient and what must be done in order to ease pressure on the nerves along the spinal column or any irritants to the vertebrae of the back. Surgeons can take several different approaches to the process of cervical spine surgery. Often,...


Straightening of cervical spine

A: Dear Chandrashekar, Straightening of the cervical spine happens all the time just due to poor posture and the effects of gravity on the neck.  It is common in all professions requiring desk work, forward neck postures, computer works, and even in kids who play video games...it is also frequently found after car crashed due to the forces transmitted through the spine. I see this in my clinical practice all the time across all age ranges. I have even seen it in children as young as7, 8 and 9 years of age.  It is one of the most common findings on x-rays of the neck. This is a nonspecific finding that can be related to normal stresses of living, and could have been present for years.  As a...


cervical spine is STRAIGHT

A: Dear Karen, Rehabilitation of the spine to include remodeling the cervical spine has been the topic of many research papers.  In fact there are specific techniques in chiropractic formulated around the restructuring of lost curves in the spine.  Over the last twenty years, two of these techniques have risen to the top because they have frequently gotten favorable results and have been proven successful in follow-up radiographs.  They are Chiropractic Biophysics and Pettibon technique.  Both of these techniques have found that you cannot regain a lost curve with spinal adjustments alone, and you need to incorporate resistance exercises and or traction to attain...


cervical spine and accident follow-up to Jessica"s 04/07 question

A: Dear John, First, you may want to print this out...it is lengthy and somewhat complicated in places.  However, I think you will get the big picture which is what really matters. While the physics is important, the anatomical responses are the most important aspect to discuss. The kinematic response of the occupant (driver/passenger) of a car that is the striking vehicle is different than in a rear impact.  First of all at impact, your body is decelerated in the forward direction rather than accelerated.  This is due to your body"s inertial movements (Newton"s first law of motion)...as the truck you were driving almost immediately stops, your body continues forward at the same speed until it is halted by the restraint system or you hit the vehicle interior. When you...

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