With so many descriptive terms and glossary items for disc-related problems, it's easy to get overwhelmed when researching your diagnosis. We'll distinguish between two common intervertebral disc conditions: the bulging disc and the herniated disc.
Neck pain has many potential causes ranging from acute problems, like muscle strains and whiplash, to conditions that develop over time, such as cervical spondylosis (neck osteoarthritis) and myofascial pain syndrome. Pinched nerves, infections, fractures, and spinal cord problems are other possible reasons you may be experiencing neck pain.
A free fragment, also known as a sequestered disc, is one type of herniated disc in which a piece breaks off from the main structure. Once separated, the detached fragment can, and often does, move up or down, causing symptoms or repercussions at an entirely different level of the spine.
A single dose of radiotherapy is as "effective" as five doses for end-of-life cancer patients suffering with painful spinal canal compression, finds a large study conducted by UCL.
New research from Imperial College London shows that leading an active lifestyle may increase the likelihood of damaged nerves regenerating after a spinal cord injury