Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease / Degenerative Disc Disease
Degeneration of the discs particularly in the moving sections of the spine (cervical and lumbar levels) is a natural process of aging. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region).
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas in the spine — most often in the upper or lower back. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerves that branch out from the compressed areas. It is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis-related bone damage.
Brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the brain, which can be cancerous or non-cancerous (benign).
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve, which is the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.
Ulnar neuropathy is an inflammation of the ulnar nerve, a major nerve that runs down into your hand. It supplies movement and sensation to your arm and hand. Ulnar neuropathy causes numbness, tingling, or pain into the arm and hand on the side of the little finger.
Spinal fractures can happen from something as dramatic as a fall, or from a simple movement like coughing or sneezing or reaching for something in a cupboard. Unlike the pain from a broken arm or hip, the pain from a spinal fracture is not always severe; in fact sometimes it is quite mild.
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Physician assistant joins FirstHealth NeurosurgeryAmanda E. Picerno, PA-C PINEHURST – Amanda Ellis Picerno, PA-C, has joined FirstHealth Neurosurgery in Pinehurst as a certified physician assistant.…
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Weight-loss Surgery Information SessionA FREE Weight-loss Surgery Information Session will be offered by Dr. David Grantham in Sanford. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early so we can calcula…