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cervical ribs/reverse cervical spine

A: hello kelli,     Those are good questions. Everyone has cervical ribs and many people have a posterior ponticus (which is really in consequential) Congrats on feeling better. Often times patients will get better with 1-7 adjustments by a chiropractor. The problem is that you have a reversed cervical curve which will take pressure off the back of the vertebrae (called facet joints) and transfer that weight onto the front of the vertebral bodies. When this happens over 10, 15 , 20 years you will develop arthritis (due to abnormal wear and tear to the cervical spine). Your pain is usually the first thing to clear up but you still have a reversed


cervical spine disc herniation

A: Dear Mirza, First of all I am shocked to find out that the ENT told you that the tinnitis is a result of the loss of your neck curve...pretty forward thinking on his part.  This is a possibility due to the neurological connection of the upper cervical nerve roots, the trigeminal ganglion, and the cranial nerves, so it is a possibility.  That being said, I hope he explored other options as well just to be thorough. Concerning the neurosurgeon, I would have to disagree with his assessment, but only because you just had an MRI that found no disc bulge.  However, he is correct that all of these symptoms can be the direct result of a cervical disc bulge pressing into the spinal cord...this is called a long track sign. But,...


cervical spine

A: First of all, the injuries described in this MRI are most likely not due to the car accident. Degenerative changes such as stenosis and foraminal narrowing occur overtime and were probably exacerbated from the trauma of the car accident.  The degeneration occurring in the spine is the result of wear and tear to the joints/vertebra which make up the spine. This results in damage to the disc. There is a disc between each of the vertebra in your spine. The intervertebral discs are designed to absorb pressure and keep the spine flexible by acting as cushions during body movement. The discs are similar to shock absorbers. Without the cushion effect of the discs, the vertebrae in your


cervical spine health

A: Dear Adam, Poor posture often leads to a reduction, elimination or reversal of the normal cervical curve.  If you are a young person, lets say in your teens or twenties, this is not a huge issue and you have a bit of time to correct the problem.  If you are in your thirties or forties, I would suggest that you work to immediately correct the structure before degeneration sets in.  Loss the of the curve eventually leads to degeneration, lost function, and pain among other issues. This issue is often compounded by the fact that the head has moved forward in relationship to the torso and this increases physical demand on the spine due to gravity. Here are a few quotes for you to appreciate: ?Loss of the


Kyphosis cervical spine

A: hi claudia basically your spine is losing its natural curve. in "extreme cases" loss of cervical curve can cause paralysis- which would be seen to be beginning if you lost bladder or bowel control this is not how it normally goes though. you have no fractures of the vertebrae seen in advanced cases, so as long as you get some therapy you ought not to get to the loss of function stage. prognosis: "The majority of patient with kyphosis respond very well to a combination of physical therapy, exercises, and medications. Even in more severe cases that eventually require surgery, patients are able to return to normal activities without restrictions, in most cases, after they have fully recovered from surgery." that is quoted from...


Numbness one side of body/straightening of cervical spine/spots on brain MRI

A: First and foremost you need to follow up with the "spots on the brain".  This should be of the utmost concern.  If the neurologist will not talk to you about it, ask for the MRI"s and the report and take them to your family doctor.  As for the headaches and straight cervical spine, they can definitely be related.  As the cervical spine straightens the muscles tighten and can cause mutliple symptoms, including headaches.  The leg pain can be related, but it is doubtful, it is probably due to lower spine problems, whether muscle or bone.  After, or at the same time, talking to your family doctor, I suggest seeing a chiropractor for the...


Shoulder, Neck, spine injury....

A: Hi William, This is not quite what  I consider my expertise. I would however see either an orthopedist which maybe you have already when you mention you have seen doctors, or a neurologist. Its sounds neurological possibly coming from the cervical spine where there may be some sort of nerve impingement. I doubt its the rotator cuff. This type of injury can be perplexing to most. if this continues I would seek another opinion and get an MRI. Without that you will not be able to rule out any type of pressure being place on a nerve or other soft tissue injury. With most doctors unless they specialize in the neck or back they will run out the nearest door they can find to avoid...

How to Treat a cervical spine Subluxation

A: A subluxation is defined medically as a ''partial abnormal separation of the articular surfaces of a joint,'' and by chiropractors as a spinal misalignment. One can occur from an injury such as a car accident, an illness like rheumatoid arthritis or due to chronic muscle strain. Symptoms are: neurological issues like numbness in arms or hands, migraines, GI problems, pain, lower back issues, and high blood pressure. The source of the subluxation will influence your treatment options. According to the Journal, Musculoskeletal Medicine, a hard neck collar is more commonly used for cervical neck issues after a fracture or accident, for example....


cervical spine advice requested

A: Hello - we are all patients just like you. I think you tried to post pictures and although some of us are familiar with films, a true read of them needs to be done by your treating doctor. But we can take your MRI text and explain it to our knowledge and experiences. I will break it down by paragraph and the response will follow each paragrah. Overall it looks like your condition is stable and not getting worse from the words they have written here. That is good! The question is - have your symptoms changed or worsened? The MRI is only one part of the picture. I am assuming you have had pain since you have a history of radiculopathy - is this under control or is it getting worse? That is pretty good news because there are some of who the bone spurs grow very fast and even within a year...


cervical spine fusion

A: Dear Krystyna, Sorry to hear about all the problems you have been having.  The first thing I want to convey to you is that the Independent Medical Exam (IME) doctor you saw is not independent...he is paid for his opinion through the workers compensation program and will likely always generate reports that are in their favor.  So it is no wonder that he blew you off...his behavior was unethical and ridiculous. He should have evaluated the neck, the elbow and the hands. If I were you I would talk to an work comp attorney about this so that you can be made aware of your rights. I would additionally do an inquiry about the IME doctor to find out more information on his practice, relationship with the workers comp network and his medical license.  you are probably not the...

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