Thank you so much, Dr. Flanagan. Your answer is a great review and summary of the spine and your theories. I'm still perplexed why my neuro didn't advise me to see an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. He did, though, advise me to stop having AO chiro adjustments which I don't want to do. Should I have any worries about continuing with AO chiro now that I know the true condition of my cervical spine and cord? (Thoracic spine is fine, but mid-cord has had repeated symptomatic lesions).uprightdoc wrote:Hello Poet,
Terrific post. I don't think that all patients need such frequent MRIs but certainly cases with histories of high risk sports and athletic injuries, such as yours, should be checked much sooner and rechecked periodically to monitor structural changes. It never ceases to amaze me how they continue to marginalize such significant deformation and degeneration of the spine. Some injuries of the spine cause permanent damage. Other injuries are associated with slow degeneration that starts to impact neighboring segments and the shape and curves of the spine. We could do much more to rehabilitate the spine and limit the degree of degeneration in those cases. For cases that can't be manually corrected or rehabilitated there are many good and fairly safe surgical options but they should be done before there is permanent damage to the cord. The other problem is getting the surgeons to recognize the problem. As I have mentioned before, I do suspect that spondylosis, stenosis and scoliosis can cause cord lesions anywhere in the spine including the thoracic spine. And you don't need spurs to cause lesions. I only briefly covered the lower spine and lesions such as ALS it in my first book. I stopped at the shoulders. I will be covering the lower spine and lesions further on my website and blog. It will tie into my next book on the arterial side of the problem.
I have to ask -- what is your vision?uprightdoc wrote:I have a vision of how conditions such as yours should be treated. We're not even close yet and very few doctors are up to the task.
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