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Identifying The Signs Of Cervical Instability


The neck bones (vertebrae), spongy discs between the vertebrae, joints, muscles, and ligaments are all involved in cervical spine problems. They're caused by regular "wear and tear," stress, smoking, or ageing, which causes injury or degeneration (breakdown) of the structures in the spine.

Neck pain is one of the most common signs of a cervical spine problem. You may also have numbness and weakness, as well as discomfort in the head, jaw, shoulders, arms, or legs. Other issues include loss of bowel and bladder control, decreased coordination or balance, and difficulties breathing. 

 

The following are some of the most common cervical spine disorders:

  • Cervical spondylosis is a condition in which the cartilage and vertebrae wear out prematurely.

  • Cervical herniated disc: A herniated disc in the neck occurs when the discs between the vertebrae burst, protrude or bulge out.

  • Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the discs between the vertebrae break down.

  • Cervical spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal surrounding the spinal cord.

  • Cervical myelopathy is the injury to the spinal cord caused by stenosis or degeneration.

  • Cervical radiculopathy: pinched nerve or compression

  • Cervical radiculopathy: pinched nerve or compression

 

Treatment 

Neurostimulation-Low-voltage electricity is used in neurostimulation, also known as electrical stimulation, to block the nerve impulses that produce pain. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which is applied directly to nerve endings on the skin, and spinal cord stimulation (SCS), which is placed beneath the skin, are two examples.

 

Interventional procedures-Image-guided technology is used in these treatments to deliver steroids and drugs directly to the source of discomfort. Neck discomfort and inflammation can be reduced using selective epidural injections, cervical facet injections, cervical selective nerve blocks, and discograms. Physical therapy or exercise are commonly used in conjunction with this treatment.

 

Injections guided by ultrasound-Doctors can use ultrasound imaging to see nerves, bones, tendons, and muscles. We can deliver medicines to the exact trigger point to treat pain and inflammation by combining this technology with injectable therapy. Neuromusculoskeletal discomfort is routinely treated with steroid and platelet-rich plasma injections.

 

Ablation with radiofrequency-Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive surgery that damages nerve tissues by using heat from radio waves to destroy their capacity to deliver pain signals. This procedure is carried out on the facet joints of the spine.

Management of adversity

Spasticity treatments use medications to relieve muscle tightness and stiffness. Targeted botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for specific muscles, as well as intrathecal baclofen pumps that administer medicine to the spinal fluid, are among the treatments.

 

Meddco is India's largest online portal for doctor appointments, where patients can get information about hospitals, treatment packages, and surgical packages from a variety of hospitals in India. Download the meddco app and schedule your appointment right away.


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