What is a Cloward procedure?

What is a Cloward procedure?

The Cloward technique is a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. The patients’ preoperative neurological status and the length of follow-up affect the grade of postoperative ambulatory improvement.

What is a Smith Robinson procedure?

The modified Smith–Robinson procedure for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion has led to the successful treatment of cervical radiculopathy and spondylosis with improved results and few complications.

What does C6 and C7 affect?

The C6-C7 disc is 6th cervical disc near the lower part of the neck, near the top of the shoulders. The nerve root that would be affected by the C6-C7 disc herniation controls the arms, the shoulders, the heart, the lungs, and more.

What is cervical discogenic pain?

Cervical Discogenic Pain is a generalized term that is used to describe pain that is caused by the degeneration of one or more of the discs that are in the first seven vertebrae of the spine (neck).

What is cervical spondylotic myelopathy?

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a neck condition that arises when the spinal cord becomes compressed—or squeezed—due to the wear-and-tear changes that occur in the spine as we age. The condition commonly occurs in patients over the age of 50.

What part of the body does C7 affect?

The C7 myotome is a group of muscles controlled by the C7 nerve. These muscles include those involved in straightening the elbow, lifting the wrist, elongating the fingers to an outstretched hand, and the triceps muscle in the upper arm.

How do you sleep with a herniated C6 C7?

If you can commit to a more drastic change, the best sleeping position for your herniated disc pain may be your back. Sleeping on your back helps keep the spine in neutral alignment. If your pain is still relatively intense, try placing a pillow under your knees and low back for added comfort.

How is discogenic pain treated?

Discogenic pain can usually be successfully treated with non-surgical treatments, such as pain medication and physical therapy and exercise, but chronic discogenic pain that is severe and limits the individual’s ability to function may need to be treated with surgery.

Does discogenic pain go away?

Discogenic pain can come and go, and sometimes subsides on its own. Depending on the nature and severity of your pain, your doctor may start with conservative treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication or physical therapy.

How long can you live with cervical myelopathy?

The average age at operation in the S group was 65.6 ± 7.7 years and the age at death was 68.7 ± 7.3 years. The average period of survival was 3.1 ± 1.3 years in the S group.

Can you get paralyzed from cervical myelopathy?

Myelopathy describes any neurologic symptoms related to the spinal cord and is a serious condition. It occurs from spinal stenosis that causes pressure on the spinal cord. If untreated, this can lead to significant and permanent nerve damage including paralysis and death.

What is special about C7?

Unlike the other cervical vertebrae, the C7 has a large spinous process that protrudes posteriorly toward the skin at the back of the neck. This spinous process can be easily seen and felt at the base of the neck, making it a prominent landmark of the skeleton and giving the C7 the name vertebra prominens.

What is the function of C7?

The nerve root of C7 runs between vertebrae C6 and C7. Motor function includes: full shoulder movement (rotation, adduction and abduction) strong scapular stability.

Which sleeping position is best for neck pain?

What is the best sleeping position for neck pain? Two sleeping positions are easiest on the neck: on your side or on your back. If you sleep on your back, choose a rounded pillow to support the natural curve of your neck, with a flatter pillow cushioning your head.

What should you not do with a herniated disc in your neck?

If a disc is pressing on the nerve in your neck and producing symptoms of neck pain with arm pain, numbness, tingling and weakness then the most important thing to do is avoid all high impact and high velocity activities involving the neck, such as jogging, basketball, football, jumping, high-impact aerobics.

Can you become paralyzed from degenerative disc disease?

This can irritate the spinal cord or nearby nerves, causing weakness and numbness in the arms or legs. A severely herniated disc can cause paralysis. Disc herniation is most common in the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine).

How do I get rid of discogenic pain?

It may include controlling pain with anti-inflammatories, using ice and/or heat and physical therapy. Physical therapy may consist of back exercises, traction and other treatments. An injection may help quell the pain and make you more comfortable. The most common surgery for discogenic pain is spinal fusion.

How long does it take to recover from cervical myelopathy?

It will probably take 4 to 6 weeks to get back to doing your usual activities. But it may depend on what kind of surgery you had. Your doctor may advise you to work with a physiotherapist to strengthen the muscles in your neck and upper back.

Is Laminoplasty major surgery?

Laminoplasty is a common but major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options.

Will I end up in a wheelchair with spinal stenosis?

The symptoms are often so gradual, that patients seek medical attention very late in the course of this condition. Patients may be so disabled and weak that they require the use of a wheelchair for mobility. In rare instances, severe spinal stenosis can cause paraplegia and/or bowel/bladder incontinence.