Cervical Spine Treatment in Singapore
We must have seen many people around us who have suffered from neck pain at some point or the other. Sometimes one tends to ignore it for days, assuming it to be muscle strain. But, the cause of the pain may be a spine problem which may turn to something severe, if not properly treated. The diagnosis on the problem, based on thorough physical and medical tests are very important; as ignoring the problem for long can exaggerate it and may inhibit the patients' mobility. This may lead to more wear and tear of the tissues or may permanently damage the nerves. Let us discuss the various important factors which need to be considered and noted religiously.
Cervical Spine Disorder's major characteristic is neck pain which may extend towards the arms and spinal cord as well. Strain in the neck muscles, disc disorder and myofascial pains also cause neck pain, thus diagnosing needs expertise. Many people who have neck pain along with other symptoms suffer from Cervical Spine Disorders, as the cervical area is exposed to more mobility. It is noted that, the deteriorating problems are less prevalent in thoracic conditions due to low mobility.
There are seven vertebrae present in the cervical spine region, which help and facilitate the movement of the neck and head. The first two vertebrae contribute the most for the rotation of the head, therefore the maximum stain is on them. This is also the cause of their wear and tear vulnerability. The nerves are also more prone to damage and sometimes the stain on the muscles further leads to the same.
Some factors which trigger this condition:-
Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis
Degenerative disc disease
Tumors in the cervical region
Infections and other spine related problems also affect Cervical Spine Disorder. Doctor must diagnose on the basis of the area of pain, symptoms such as fever or numbness or swelling, if any. In some cases the problem spread to the upper limbs, causing weakness and tingling sensation or atrophy. Symptoms may differ in accordance with the root cause of the disorder, thus proper evaluation is very important. Generally the diagnosis is done through Blood tests and an MRI, but CT scan is also advised in some cases. ESR, Rh-factor and other blood tests help to determine any underlying disease which is causing cervical spine problem. If any tumor in the spine area is the cause, then biopsy is advised to ascertain the nature of the same.
Symptoms of cervical disorder can be categorized into three types- Pain in the cervical region which may reach the arms, numbness in upper limbs and weak muscles in the cervical and arms region. Pain in the neck or adjoining areas are the primary and the most common symptom of cervical spine disorder. When there is injury in the spine or the muscles are damaged due to some reason; the neck area starts paining. Initially, there may be a feeling of discomfort or stretch in the upper spinal area, which may subsequently turn to severe pain, if ignored. Degenerative cervical disease affects approximately half of senior people and untreated problems may inhibit movement of the region. Tumor or infections also cause pain and uneasiness, thus the conclusion should be drawn taking into consideration the medical tests. The triggers and the exact point of pain help in determining the main cause therefore the reason of damaged tissues and the after effects should be well evaluated, so that proper medication can be administered.
Numbing feeling is another vital symptom which is caused by a suppressed or blocked nerve in the cervical area. The supply of blood gets blocked or slow due to this and gradually the cells may die. The main reason of a suppressed nerve is abnormal disc in spine which gets inappropriately placed. Disc problem, again is caused due to various factors such as accidents or bad posture.
Weakness in the neck, head and limbs region indicate severe kind of Cervical Spine Disorder. The sufferer may not balance his head or may lose proper control of limbs. These symptoms denote that a nerve(s) has been severely damaged. If a person experiences problems while walking, moving etc. then he should immediately see a specialist. Sometimes a blocked nerve may damage the whole nervous system and may permanently hamper the movements.
Surgery is the last resort when medications are unable to deliver the desired results. There are many types of spine surgical procedures which are useful in different disorders. Hospitals in Singapore are equipped with the latest equipments for performing sophisticated invasive procedures.
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