Overview

Spinal cord compression is a condition in which the spinal cord becomes compressed or pinched, which can cause pain, weakness, and difficulty walking. The spinal cord is a vital part of our body’s central nervous system that carries signals between the brain and the rest of the body. These signals do not transmit properly if there is compression in the spinal cord and the body’s functions can be severely impacted. The condition can be caused by a variety of factors such as herniated discs, bone spurs, tumors, or spinal fractures. Spinal cord compression can lead to a loss of sensation and mobility in the limbs, as well as chronic pain, and in severe cases it can even lead to complete paralysis. The earlier this condition is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of preserving function and preventing serious complications.

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    Symptoms

    Some of the most commonly observed symptoms of Spinal Cord Compression include:

    • Weakness or numbness in the limbs
    • Difficulty walking or standing
    • Loss of sensation in the arms or legs
    • Tingling or burning sensation in the limbs
    • Loss of reflexes
    • Chronic pain in the back or neck
    • Loss of bladder or bowel control
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    Diagnosis

    Your doctor might conduct some or all of the following diagnostic tests:

    • Physical examination
    • Imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan
    • Neurological examination
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    Treatment

    Doctors try to treat spinal cord compression with conservative treatment first. This may include giving medications, physical therapies, and bracing. Surgery is necessary if the compression is caused by a herniated disc or a tumor, or if conservative treatments are not effective. Surgical treatments include;

    • Laminectomy
    • Discectomy
    • Spinal fusion

    Why choose Us?

    Get the best treatment for Spinal Cord Compression in Los Angeles by Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe who is a well-renowned Neurosurgeon in Los Angeles. She serves at Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery where you will have:

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    Advanced diagnostic methods

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    State-of-the-art technology

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    Minimally Invasive Surgery

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    Patient-centered approach

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    Recovery with less downtime

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    Outstanding patient care

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Spinal Cord Compression

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    Can spinal cord compression be prevented?
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    Spinal cord compression can’t be prevented but early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious complications and improve outcomes.
    It is important to keep your body healthy and make sure to get regular check-ups, physical therapy if needed, and avoid major trauma or injury to the spine when possible. Also avoiding smoking, maintaining healthy weight and good posture are also beneficial to prevent spinal cord compression.

    How long does it take to recover from spinal cord compression?
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    The recovery time for spinal cord compression can vary depending on the severity of the condition, the underlying cause, and the type of treatment received. Recovery from conservative treatments such as physical therapy and medications may take several weeks or months. Surgery can take several months to recover, with additional time for physical therapy and rehabilitation.

    What are the risks and complications associated with surgery for spinal cord compression?
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    Risks and complications associated with surgery for spinal cord compression can include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and spinal cord injury. However, these risks are generally considered to be low when performed by an experienced surgeon.

    Is physical therapy effective for spinal cord compression?
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    Physical therapy can be effective in managing symptoms of spinal cord compression, such as pain and muscle weakness. A physical therapist can help you improve your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, and teach you exercises to improve your posture and balance.

    Are there any lifestyle changes that can help alleviate symptoms of spinal cord compression?
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    Maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking, and engaging in regular exercise can help
    reduce the risk of developing spinal cord compression. Additionally, good posture and proper body mechanics can help alleviate symptoms of spinal cord compression.