Orthopedic Frisco For Spinal Cord Compression

by Administrator 24. May 2016 17:37

The human spine is made up of nerves, intervertebral discs and small bones called vertebrae; which are supported by a group of muscles as well as ligaments. Damage to any of these parts may result in compression of the spine. This condition is referred to as the Spinal Cord Compression. It can affect any part of the spine – cervical, thoracic or the lumbar area. The condition most commonly afflicts people above the age of 50 years as the spine tends to gradually degenerate due to ageing.

Causes

  • Fracture in the vertebrae
  • Tumor within the spine
  • Abscess
  • Rupturing of intervertebral disc
  • Swelling due to an injury to the spinal cord
  • Blood clots in and around the spinal column
  • Lifting weights or bending in the wrong position may
  • Scoliosis- faulty alignment of the spine
  • Certain infections in the spine may also lead to compression

Symptoms

  • Pain in the neck, back, legs and buttocks
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in the legs, thighs or hands
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Sexual disabilities
  • Development of a limp or foot drop
  • Stiffness
  • Inability to coordinate body movement
  • Cramping
  • Difficulty in walking, standing or getting up from a sitting position

Diagnosis

  • Evaluation of the patient’s medical history and symptoms
  • MRI and CT scans may help to assess damage caused to the nerves, soft tissues and other structures in the spine
  • Myelogram may be conducted to get a better view of the spinal column
  • X-ray imaging may be recommended by the doctor to detect any misalignment of the spine and growth of bone spurs
  • Electromyography (EMG) in which electric currents are used to test muscle activity

Treatment

  • Prescription of anti-inflammatory medicines and pain killers
  • Steroids may be injected directly into the spine in case of severe pain
  • Application of ice or heat packs may help to relieve pain
  • Some patients may benefit from physical therapy which involves strengthening the back muscles
  • Surgical fusion of the vertebrae
  • Surgical removal of bone spurs to relieve pressure
  • Some surgical procedures are conducted to create space between the vertebrae
  • Weight loss may be recommended in case the excessive weight is putting pressure on the back
  • Wearing a soft removable brace or neck collar may help to support the back and relieve the symptoms of Spinal Cord Compression

For diagnosis and treatment of Spinal Cord Compression, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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