Coastal Orthopedics Blog

MYELOPATHY TREATMENT OPTIONS

By:Kristen Havens August 22, 2017 myelopathy

Myelopathy is a term that describes a specific condition: an abnormal compression of the spinal cord, which results in the interruption of the normal flow of nerve signals through the pinched area. The compression causes pain, numbness, loss of sensation, and difficulty with balance and movement, among many other potential symptoms.

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WHAT IS MYELOPATHY? (SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, RISK FACTORS & CAUSES)

By:Kristen Havens August 16, 2017 myelopathy

 What Is Myelopathy?

 

Myelopathy is a condition in which the spinal cord becomes severely compressed, enough to disrupt its task of transmitting nerve signals to and from the brain and body.  This condition is sometimes described as “a loss of spinal cord activity.”

 

A helpful analogy would be to compare the spinal cord to a garden hose. When the hose lies straight, water flows through it at...

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Spondylosis Treatment Options

By:Kristen Havens August 14, 2017 spondylosis

 

The term spondylosis (also called degenerative spondylosis) is not used to describe a specific problem with the spine, but rather an overall condition. Broadly speaking, a diagnosis of spondylosis means that some components of the spine are wearing down through normal, everyday use. This places spondylosis more into the category of “mechanical wear and tear,” and not that of disease or injury.

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WHAT IS SPONDYLOSIS? (SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS)

By:Kristen Havens July 31, 2017 spondylosis

Degenerative spondylosis is a somewhat broad medical term used to describe age-related degeneration, or breakdown, of the spine. If your orthopedic physician diagnoses you with spondylosis, he or she is telling you that your back or neck pain—and other related symptoms—are age-related, a result of the normal wear and tear of living.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment Options

By:Kristen Havens July 19, 2017 ankylosing spondylitis

 

Ankylosing spondylitis  (pronounced AN-kee-low-sing SPON-dil-eye-tiss) is a chronic (long-term) autoimmune disease, similar to rheumatoid arthritis, that primarily affects the lower spine of the more than two million Americans estimated to be afflicted.

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DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE: TREATMENT OPTIONS

 

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WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE? (SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS)

If you’re approaching 40, or older, and you find yourself dealing with either acute or chronic lower back pain or neck pain, you may have degenerative disc disease, or DDD.

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What Is Ankylosing Spondylitis? (Signs, Symptoms, Risk Factors)

By:Kristen Havens June 16, 2017 ankylosing spondylitis

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over two million Americans are estimated to have some form of ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced AN-kee-low-sing SPON-dil-eye-tiss), an autoimmune/inflammatory disease that primarily strikes the base of the spine.

Also called Bechterew's or Marie-Strumpell disease, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic disease with no known cause and no...

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SPINAL STENOSIS DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS. NON-SURGICAL OPTIONS

By:Kristen Havens June 14, 2017 back pain, spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck (cervical stenosis) or in the lower back (lumbar stenosis). This condition puts pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that branch off from it.

 Stenosis can begin without any clear signs, but it usually progresses to include back pain, numbness in the arms and legs, urinary or bowel problems, and other symptoms.

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WHAT IS SPINAL STENOSIS? (SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, AND CAUSES)

By:Kristen Havens June 10, 2017 back pain, spinal stenosis

 

Spinal stenosis is a term used to describe a narrowing of the spinal canal—usually in the lower back or neck. Stenosis is a condition which can have different causes. If you have spinal stenosis, you may notice pain and other symptoms—but it’s possible you won’t have any clear symptoms, at least not at first. Onset can be gradual. A doctor’s visit and X-ray will be required to confirm the...

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