The NeuSpine Institute spinal cord specialists in New Port Richey will often explain to new patients that the spinal cord is an intricate cylindrical bundle of nerves that are housed in the spinal column. The spinal cord is long and fragile, beginning at the brain stem and continuing downward to nearly the bottom of the spine. This elaborate system of nerves is charged with carrying each incoming and outgoing message between the brain and the full collection of muscles and organs that encompass the human body. This discussion will correctly result in patients considering the spinal cord to be something like a superhighway that must function correctly to keep us feeling good.
The NeuSpine Institute New Port Richey neurologists will additionally explain that the spinal cord is protected by a complex structure of bone called the spinal column. The spinal column allows the bundled nerves encompass the spinal cord to pass through to the rest of the body. The spinal column is charged with:
- Protecting the nerves that make up the spinal column
- Supporting the weight of the skull
- Maintaining balance
- Supporting leaning, stretching, bending and rotating
- Absorbing force and impact.
The one problem is that while the spinal column is tough, the nerves it is protecting are quite delicate, an prone to a host of injuries. The ways in which an injury to the spinal cord can occur include:
- An accident in which the spinal cord in bruised, compacted or impacted
- Age related wear and tear that can lead to a condition in which the intervertebral canal narrows
- Auto accidents
- Sports related accidents
- Diving accidents.
To a neurosurgeon working with patients in our New Port Richey, FL office, a complete medical history of the injured person is highly important. The history will need to include:
- The presenting complaint
- The history of the presenting complaint
- Full disclosure regarding trauma that could have caused the presenting complaint
- A history of all past treatment plans involving medication or a medical professional.
The complete medical history matters because a failure to listen to the full medical history can result in an incorrect diagnosis SCI diagnosis and a surgical procedure that does not minimize or resolve symptoms. The questions included in a medical history should include:
- When did you first make note of the pain?
- Were you in an accident or was there an injury that first caused the pain?
- Where do you feel the pain?
- What is the intensity of the pain?
- Have you noticed the pain in other parts of the body?
- Is there anything you do that makes the pain worse?
- What can you do to minimize the pain?
- Have you experienced any bowel or bladder irregularity?
The in-depth medical history and in-house examination are necessary because the NeuSpine Institute surgeons consider surgery to be a last resort. Non-surgical treatment for spinal cord pain is always preferred, it can include:
- Pain blocking
- Spinal joint manipulation
- Stem-cell spinal regenerative techniques
- PRP-based spinal regenerative techniques
- The application of physical therapy techniques including heat, ice and strengthening.
The spinal cord specialists treating spinal cord injuries in our New Port Richey location suggest making an appointment to see a neurologist if you are suffering any of the below listed signs that the efficiency of the brain has been impacted or ongoing spinal pain. Taking a wait and see approach to your health can result in the condition worsening.
- Neck pain that radiates to the arms and potentially the hands
- Loss of fine motor skills, such as the ability to easily button a shirt or manipulate a zipper
- Balance problems when walking, climbing stairs or simply standing to complete basic activities
- Nerve pain, numbness or burning that can be felt in the arms or legs
- Back pain that travels or radiates to the legs and feet
- Leg or gluteal pain that is worse when walking
- Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs
- Immediate pain in the back when lifting something extraordinarily heavy
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Loss of control of your foot, or numbness in the foot.
Our New Port Richey, FL-based spine surgeons are fellowship-trained neurosurgeons who specialize in spinal cord injury treatment plans that are aimed at making you FEEL GOOD AGAIN.