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If You Have A Spinal Cord injury, Is It Difficult To Move Your Rib Cage Or Diaphragm?

A: What can and cannot be moved with a spinal cord injury depends on both the level of the injury and the severity (damage or severing). Someone with a lumbar spine injury is less impaired than one with a thoracic spine or cervical spine injury. cervical injuries are the most severe. The diaphragm is innervated by the phrenic nerve, which actually travels outside the spinal cord right after the brainstem (hence quadriplegics can still breathe). Moving ribs theoretically could be affected. Generally, no. Those muscles are controlled by the phrenic nerve which exits early...


cervical neck pain and problems

A: I am sorry that you have been diagnosed with stenosis, bulging, disc desiccation with spurring. How old are you? I personally do not like figure 8 exercises but there are other exercises that our physical therapy uses to strengthen the cervical spine area. I utilize cervical spinal decompression and have seen some amazing results with patients that have tried all other methods with little to no success. cervical traction is similar to cervical decompression but not the same. I would do some homework looking into the DRX 9000 cervical system. Treatments can be a bit costly but hands down the BEST non-surgical treatment out there for...


Neck / Back injury

A: Hello, Jason, Ligament damage is a red herring. The one thing in this report that has any useful meaning is this line:        Hypolordosis, possibly due to myospasm.   Myospasm means muscle in contraction -- triggered reflexively by the original incident and maintained as an ongoing action.  The result, consistent with your description, is disc bulge and nerve impingement.  Lordosis is curvature of the spine, affected by muscular tension of spinal muscles.  Straightening of the cervical (neck) lordosis (curvature) indicates muscular contractions in your neck -- outside the scope of practice of neurosurgery. You can get free of the myospasm by means of clinical somatic...


What Is a cervical Dislocation?

A: A cervical dislocation is the displacement of one or more of the seven cervical vertebra in the neck. Most cervical dislocations are caused by blunt trauma, such as motor verhicle accidents or sports injuries. The dislocation occurs when a cervical ligament is torn and one or more of small bones that support the spine are dislodged from its position in the spinal column. cervical dislocation is commonly called "breaking the neck" or "snapping the spine," but these phrases more accurately describe the breaking or fracturing of a cervical bone a cervical fracture,...


spine/neck injury question?

A: Yes, it is possible to seriously injure the cervical spine -- that portion of the spine running from the head to the trunk -- by improper lifting. Typically, a serious cervical spine injury, including bulging or herniated discs, will manifest itself by causing numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, or even in the legs or feet, depending on the location of the injury. A "pop" or crunching noise in the neck is almost never heard when this type of injury occurs, and, while simple muscle strain of the neck muscles may cause neck pain, disc and nerve problems of the neck seldom cause...

Possible injury following chiropractic manipulation

A: Your case is a little more complicated than I first thought. You may have to shop quite a few lawyers before you find one willing to take your case. Don"t worry about the physiatrist. Right now you should have enough records to interest a lawyer. Try to find a lawyer who has a good investigator. I am wary of nurses who say they are "legal". Most of them have not enough paranoia. You say California. Where? If you are in Southern California you should go to LA. If Northern either Oakland or SF, but be sure the lawyer doesn"t start out talking about settlements. You want a trial lawyer. Small town lawyers may not be rich enough to work this case. Good luck. By the way, I am a lousy salesman. You might profit from my book, Then Why Does It Still Hurt? Amazon has it or you can email me at...

What Is a cervical Collar?

A: The cervical spine is made up of seven vertebrae that support the brain and skull. It protects various nerves in the upper part of the body, such as the face, neck, throat, arms and hands. A cervical collar, also known as a neck brace or C-collar, is used to support this cervical portion of the head and spinal cord. It limits the neck and spine''s movements and allows an injury to heal, and may help prevent one from occurring as well. Neck braces are typically used in emergency situations and for short-term therapy. When a traumatic head or neck injury occurs, the danger of spinal cord damage is a concern. A


Prior C56 fusion. New cervical stenosis

A: Believe it or not, you can have cervical disk problems and they may not be causing the trouble. Just because they are there, doesn''t mean they are the problem and your EMG has confirmed it''s not the neck....it''s your wrists. Everyone thinks carpal tunnel is nothing but it can cause paralysis of your hands. It is as serious as compressed nerves in the neck....it is compressed nerves in the wrist. And if compressed long enough, the nerves can lose their blood supply and die and leave you with numb, useless hands. Since the EMG confirmed that the trouble is in your wrists, then go see a hand surgeon. You need surgery on both hands. I had it in both and had surgery on both. You can get nerve compression syndromes in a variety of areas...elbows and ankles at 2 big...


cervical disc hernation and whiplash

A: Dear Melissa, Ouch...Sorry to hear of the problems.  Although your symptoms should be considered extensive, these symptoms are a common manifestation of rear-impact vectored collisions.  These issues are all caused due to the accelerational forced being transmitted through the spine in an almost instantaneous time frame...before you can actually create a muscular response for stabilization.  It is a transfer of the kinetic energy from the striking vehicle into your body.  This often results in torn ligaments, herniated disks, torn musculature, head and neck pain, pain down the arms, and upper back pain, but also dizziness, impaired cognition, vertigo, ringing in the ears, loss of reflexes, loss of strength, avulsion fractures in the vertebral...


neck and spine relation

A: Jackie, I am about to tell you two things that you probably do not want to hear, but since I am a tell it like it is kind of Doctor, here goes: 1) Most Spinal Surgeries, especially fusions are not necessary at all.  We have found over the years that not one of the cases that were being recommended for spinal surgery, was actually necessary and actually got well under our care without having to go through surgery.  Please keep in mind that an Extreme trauma from an auto accident or something where Extreme damage has taken place is where a spinal surgery may be necessary.  I am talking about cases that still had all of their parts and their spinal cord intact, rather than a severed cord or crushed/fractured vertebrae. 2) Every time we have come in contact with someone...

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