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Years ago I had a lumbar laminectomy because of a disc bulge pressing on the nerves. Now I'm supposed to have a foraminotomy for the same problem in my neck. Don't they do laminectomies for the neck area? Why not?11 years 51 weeks ago1800
With so many risks involved with neck surgery, is it really worth it to go under the knife if your problem isn't life threatening?10 years 2 weeks ago1978
With all of today's modern technology, why can't they fix something as simple as a whiplash injury? When I went on-line to look at the studies about what causes whiplash, the results were still very sketchy. There's more that isn't known than is. Why is that?14 years 49 weeks ago1550
Will my neck motion be decreased following an anterior cervical fusion?11 years 7 weeks ago1703
Why is it that sometimes the signs of whiplash don't show until a day or two after an accident?10 years 17 weeks ago1651
Why is it some people get better after a whiplash injury and others don't? I've noticed over the years with friends and family that you either get better or you don't.13 years 44 weeks ago1633
Why is chronic neck and back pain being called an economic problem?11 years 9 weeks ago2185
Whiplash seems like such a common injury. How come we can't prevent it?10 years 49 weeks ago1589
Whenever my father falls asleep in his chair and his head bobs forward, he stops breathing. I'm afraid to leave him alone. Is this normal in a 78-year old?12 years 30 weeks ago1619
Whenever I look up at the sky or try to look at the stars, my neck "clunks". I can't tell if this is a sound it makes, but I can feel the clunking sensation. What could be causing this? There's no pain but it makes me a little nervous thinking something serious is wrong.10 years 29 weeks ago2131
Whenever I lift my arm forward above eye level, my neck hurts. What could be causing this strange problem?13 years 22 weeks ago4065
When someone has neck pain, how can they tell if it is something serious?10 years 50 weeks ago1640
When should surgery be done to fuse the spine for older adults? How do you know when it's better to suffer the symptoms and avoid complications of surgery rather than have the operation?11 years 51 weeks ago1492
When it comes to neck fusion surgery, do men and women have different results?17 years 3 weeks ago1708
When is it too late to get help for a whiplash injury? My neck was hurt six months ago in a car accident. Although the X-rays and MRI show that my neck has healed, I still have very painful symptoms. Where should I go for help?11 years 49 weeks ago1594
When I went to physical therapy for my neck pain, they put a plastic device over my head to measure my neck motion. The device shows that my motion is improving but I don't feel any better. Is it possible the neck piece isn't working right?12 years 12 weeks ago1472
When I had my neck fused, I developed a problem called dysphagia. I couldn't swallow anything that wasn't blended first and even then some things just wouldn't go down. I thought this was a major problem but the surgeon didn't blink an eye. Shouldn't they take this stuff more seriously than they do?9 years 31 weeks ago3943
When a whiplash occurs, what causes the pain afterward: the forward movement of the head or the snap back?14 years 49 weeks ago1518
What's the prognosis for osteoblastoma of the neck? My 20-year-old son has just been diagnosed with this kind of cancer.11 years 46 weeks ago1896
What's the best way to predict whether patients will get good results from neck surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord?17 years 12 weeks ago1835
What should I do if I think I have whiplash?11 years 38 weeks ago1576
What kind of surgery can be done to take pressure off the spinal cord? I have a condition called cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). I was born with this problem, but the symptoms are getting worse. Surgery may be my next step.10 years 12 weeks ago1617
What is whiplash?11 years 30 weeks ago1995
What is whiplash exactly? I had a car accident but no damage showed up on the MRI. If there's no injury then why is it so painful?14 years 45 weeks ago1625
What is the halo effect in medicine?12 years 30 weeks ago1927
What is the best treatment for cervical facet joint pain?10 years 20 weeks ago1646
What is cervical radiculopathy? Is this the same as carpal tunnel syndrome?13 years 42 weeks ago1976
What is adjacent segment degeneration after fusion of the neck?10 years 15 weeks ago1604
What is a keyhole foraminotomy? My father says that's the type of surgery he's having for his neck and arm pain. I've never heard of it.11 years 51 weeks ago1580
What is a Dowager's Hump?13 years 33 weeks ago2384

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