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What is my short and long-term prognosis if I have Foraminal Stenosis?
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by Doctor Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD of Atlantic Spine Center
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Foraminal Stenosis is a narrowing of the canal where nerves exit from the spinal canal. Stenosis is very common due to degeneration. If the narrowing is mild, the patients will not feel that (Foraminal Stenosis is asymptomatic). However, if Foraminal Stenosis is severe, they may have persistent or unbearable pain. If not treated, the damage […] Read More
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Is having children still possible after spinal cord injury?
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Having children and starting a family is still possible after spinal cord injury. It is also possible that some women may stop menstruating in the months following spinal cord injury, which is the body’s natural response to major trauma. Ensure that you practice good hygiene with period products after spinal cord injury by changing tampons […] Read More
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Can I still have a fulfilling sex life after spinal cord injury?
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Absolutely. Depending on the spinal cord injury, the way you have sex may change, but that doesn’t mean sex is impossible. For men, sexual function can be aided by medication that’s approved to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), and non-invasive methods like vacuum erection devices. For women, you may experience changes in sensation and changes in […] Read More
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Why are spinal cord injuries so serious?
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A spinal cord injury includes damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves running down the length of the spinal canal. Spinal cord injuries are serious because the brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). This complex system coordinates movement and sensation throughout the body, and damage or […] Read More
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How can a spinal cord injury (SCI) be prevented?
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Many spinal cord injuries result from incidents involving drunk driving, assaults, and alcohol or drug abuse. Spinal cord injuries from industrial hazards, such as equipment failures or inadequate safety precautions, are potentially preventable causes. Shallow or empty swimming pools are known hazards too. Read More
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Are spinal cord injuries common?
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Car crashes are the leading causes of spinal cord injury in the U.S. and account for 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year. In medical circles, it is considered prudent to assume a car crash victim who experienced extreme trauma to his or her head is likely to have a spinal cord injury […] Read More
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How long does a spinal cord injury take to appear?
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Spinal cord injuries can be elusive. In some cases, the signs and symptoms will be apparent immediately following a car crash or accident. However, this isn’t always the case. Spinal cord injuries can be observed days or weeks after an incident. However, the period immediately following an incident is the most critical, and therefore, anyone […] Read More
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Who is at risk of a spinal cord injury?
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Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries don’t discriminate—nearly anyone can become a victim. There are, however, some risk factors that put individuals at greater risk or disadvantage. Men, for example, account for 80 percent of all spinal cord injury victims; and victims are statistically between the ages of 16 and 35; however, people over 65-years-old are most […] Read More
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What are the physical characteristics of cervical spinal stenosis?
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Patients with cervical stenosis usually present with cervical radiculopathy, with or without myelopathy. Typically, the condition involves the lower cervical spine. Patients frequently complain of radiating arm pain with numbness and paresthesia in the involved dermatomes. Occasionally, associated weakness occurs in the muscles supplied by that nerve root. If the stenosis is severe enough, or […] Read More
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What is the prognosis of lateral spinal stenosis (LSS)?
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Lateral spinal stenosis generally results in symptoms that are directly related to compression of the nerve roots at the level of the stenosis. Both pain and muscular weakness may result from hypertrophy of the facet joints, spondylosis deformity, bulging of the disc annulus, or herniation of the nucleus pulposus. Although large central disc herniations occur, […] Read More

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