Thoracic Back Pain and Cancer


October 15, 2018

Thoracic back pain is a commonly felt condition that occurs in the spinal area starting from the base of the neck down to the bottom of the rib cage area, just at the base of the chest. The reason behind this ache or discomfort is usually of benign origin. However, in a few cases, the

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Symptoms of Spine Cancer


October 1, 2018

Cancer can occur in any part of the body, with the spine not being spared either. Spine cancers can be found in the vertebral bones or in the delicate spinal cord itself. They can be primary or secondary in nature, with primary cancers originating in the spine itself while secondary cancers refers to cancers that

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Risks of Spinal Decompression Surgery


September 15, 2018

Decompression surgeries are used to treat painful conditions of the legs and back, which fail to respond to other kinds of non-invasive treatments. To understand spinal decompression surgery, a little knowledge of the structure of the spine is necessary. The spine consists of 24 separate vertebral bones stacked one on top of each other with

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Recovery from Spinal Surgery


September 1, 2018

Undergoing spinal surgery is only half the story towards regaining normal function of your body. The rest of the journey towards health depends on your recovery process. You may have had surgeries that include: Discectomy – Surgery to partially or fully remove the disc Foraminotomy – Surgery to create space for nerve roots Laminectomy –

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


August 20, 2018

The vertebral column, also known as the spine or backbone consists of numerous vertebrae stacked one upon the other and separated by intervertebral discs that prevent friction upon movement. The spine not only provides support, but also houses the spinal cord through which nerves send messages to the brain. A number of conditions can arise

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What Causes Brain Cancer?


August 2, 2018

Brain cancer refers to a mass of abnormal looking cells that grow at a faster rate than is considered normal. There are primary brain cancers which originate at the source of location and there are the secondary brain cancers which have basically spread to the brain from some other part of the body. The causes

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Different Types of Brain Tumors - Sita Bhateja Specialty Hospitals

What are the Different Types of Brain Tumors?


July 27, 2018

  Your brain and spinal column make up the nervous system (CNS) which controls all the body’s vital functions including thought, speech and movement. Any abnormal growth within this system and it could affect some bodily function of yours. But first, a little bit about the brain – it’s divided into three parts. These include

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Causes Spinal Stenosis - Sita Bhateja Specialty Hospitals

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?


July 3, 2018

Your backbone or spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, out of which 24 have spaces between them (cervical, thoracic and lumbar) while the remaining are fused (sacral and coccygeal). A small space with a cushioning pad exists between each separate vertebral bone to keep them moving smoothly and to absorb shocks. Spinal stenosis refers

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Best Treatments for - Spinal Stenosis

What are the Best Treatments for Spinal Stenosis?


June 15, 2018

The location of the spinal stenosis as well as the level of symptoms produced, determine the type of treatment needed. While the general conception is that surgery is the only treatment option, there are numerous other things that can be tried out first. If your symptoms are mild to moderate, they can be managed with

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Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis


June 1, 2018

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of spaces between the inter-vertebral discs resulting in pinching of the nerves between them with consequent pain and other complications. This loss of inter-vertebral space could be due to intrusion by bone spurs, hernias or thickening of supporting ligaments which all tend to reduce the space within the spinal

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Symptoms of Brain Tumor in Children


May 15, 2018

It’s indeed a sad day when you know that a young child is afflicted by brain tumor. These pediatric brain tumors are basically masses of abnormal cells that are growing within the brain and its associated structures. They can be primary in nature – that is, they are growing at their point of origination or

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Recovery from Brain Tumor


May 1, 2018

There is no single hard and fast rule as far as recovery from brain tumors is concerned. This is because there are over a hundred different types of brain tumors and the brain contains hundreds of complex structures and billions of nerve connections. Because of the intricacy of this delicate organ, doctors very carefully map

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Is my Headache due to a Brain Tumor?


April 15, 2018

In a normal scenario the body cells grow, die and become replaced by new ones. In cases of tumors however, the damaged cells do not die, but continue to live and multiply till they form a mass of abnormal cells. These masses not only interfere with bodily functions, they also create intra-cranial pressure within the

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Brain Tumors in Children


April 3, 2018

While brain tumors refer to a mass of abnormal cells in the brain, they may differ between adults and children. As the bodies and brains of children are still developing, their tumors are usually different from that seen in adults. The most common form of solid tumors in kids are unfortunately brain tumors and form

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Scoliosis in Children


March 15, 2018

This is an unfortunate condition that afflicts children and adolescents. It changes the curvature of the spine to go sideways instead of remaining a straight line. The most common cause of scoliosis is idiopathic (about 80%)…which basically means that the exact cause is unknown. There are three main types – including infantile scoliosis which occurs between

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Physiotherapy after Spinal Surgery


March 1, 2018

Spinal surgery is a major event and the physiotherapy and rehabilitation that follows afterwards is equally important. A surgery isn’t fully beneficial unless it’s accompanied by recovery from the back surgery and getting the body back into peak physical form. The role of physiotherapy cannot be over-emphasized in the recovery from spinal surgery. Here are

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Lower Backache and Kidney Problems


February 15, 2018

One thing is for sure, and it’s that kidney pain and back pain are very difficult to distinguish without professional help. Kidney problems usually manifest as a dull deep tissue pain in the flanks, just under the ribs. These kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located along the back muscles of the upper abdominal

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What to Expect after Knee Replacement Surgery


February 1, 2018

A total knee replacement (TKR) surgery falls under the category of major surgeries and recovery and rehabilitation from this procedure takes some time before you can get back on your feet unaided. After all, knees are part of your weight-bearing joints and take a lot of stress on a daily basis, especially when the ends

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How to Prepare for Shoulder Arthroscopy Surgery ?


January 15, 2018

The shoulder joints are used a lot on a daily basis, sometimes for very stressful activities, making them prone to injury and becoming arthritic. After a while, traditional treatments no longer work, making the joints ineffective and painful to manipulate. In such cases, surgery becomes the only option available to regain strength, movement and freedom

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How Successful is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery?


January 1, 2018

Knee arthroscopy refers to a minimal access type of surgery which can be used to diagnose and treat issues within the knee joint. The procedure includes making a small incision into the knee to insert a tiny camera known as an arthroscope to view the insides of the joint. The arthroscope sends back HD images

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Treatment Options Available for Dementia


December 15, 2017

It’s wrong to refer to dementia as a disease or think it’s a part of the ageing process or senility. Rather, it’s a group of symptoms that affect memory, reasoning, ability to focus and communicate, social abilities as well as visual perceptions of events. It’s a mental disability that is sometimes severe enough to interfere

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How are Spinal Infections Diagnosed?


December 5, 2017

The spine is a very sensitive area and spinal infections usually don’t get timely diagnosis as they are initially put off as pain management issues. Infections can be secondary to invasive medical procedures or occur spontaneously as bacterial, fungal or viral infections. They are classified according to the locations they affect. Osteomyelitis, when they affect

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Treatment Options for Brain Aneurysms


November 15, 2017

Brain aneurysms refer to weakness in the walls of blood vessels supplying blood to the brain, leading it to balloon out – and in some cases rupture, creating potentially morbid situations. Brain aneurysms usually create no symptoms up to the point when they rupture and leak blood into the skull resulting in stroke or subarachnoid

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Taking Care of Alzheimer’s Patients


November 1, 2017

Sadly, ageing is associated with numerous diseases that further add to the grief of increasing infirmity. Alzheimer’s is one such devastating and debilitating condition that results from progressive deterioration of the mental faculties and can set in anytime from middle age onwards. It is the commonest form of senility that produces symptoms of memory loss

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Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis


October 15, 2017

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system eats away at the insulating myelin sheath covering its’ nerve cells. This debilitating disease leads to a slow deterioration of the nerve cells leading to their eventual death. The damage to the cells results in inability of the nerves to communicate with the

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Symptoms of neurological disorders in children


October 1, 2017

Neurological disorders are anomalies of the nervous system comprising the brain, spine and the nerves connected to them. The nervous system comprises of a collection of specialized cells known as neurons and nerves that transmit signals between different parts of the brain. Any changes in the structural, biochemical or electrical connections in this system can

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Recovery Period for Herniated Disc Surgery


September 15, 2017

A disc refers to the spongy layer that exists between each vertebral bone of the spine to keep them gliding smoothly and cushion the bones from shock. Due to certain traumatic situations, this spongy disc sometimes slips out partially from cracks within the hard exterior wall that encloses them and gets herniated, creating excruciating pain.

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Pregnancy and Neurological Disorders


September 1, 2017

Pregnancy is a unique time in a woman’s life that is accompanied with numerous changes including hormonal and physiologic parameters. Sometimes these changes can become a challenge to underlying pre-existing disease conditions which could even have a negative effect on the pregnancy, labor or delivery. In some cases pregnancy can have an adverse effect on

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Is it a Benign Brain Tumor?


August 14, 2017

The very thought of a tumor diagnosis is enough to send a giant-sized chill down the spine. However when your doctor tells you it’s benign, there is a somewhat mixed feeling of relief as benign tumors are noncancerous growths that do not spread or metastasize to other parts of the body. And the best part

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Does a Herniated Disc require Surgery?


August 1, 2017

If the term herniated disc upsets you, try calling it ruptured disc, protruding disc or even slipped disc if that makes you more comfortable….as they are all one and the same. This condition refers to problems with the cushioning rubber disc found in-between the spinal bones and can be extremely painful and debilitating. The condition

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Common Signs and Symptoms of Neurological Disorders


July 15, 2017

Neurological disorders are diseases of the nervous system which include the brain, spine and the nerves connecting them. It’s been estimated that there are about 600 different types of neurological disorders that affect the nervous system including various types of brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, strokes and migraines. According the World Health

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Are Arachnoid Cysts Life-Threatening?


July 4, 2017

Arachnoid cysts are benign fluid-filled sacs that form between the arachnoid membrane and the central nervous system. All together there are three protective membranes that surround the spinal cord and the brain that form the central nervous system. The fluid inside the cyst is cerebrospinal fluid and the presence of these cysts can create life-threatening

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Is Constant Headache a Neurological Symptom?


June 15, 2017

A headache is a pain or discomfort felt in the head, face, scalp or back of the neck. The pain can also vary greatly in its intensity, location and frequency. As a result of this, headaches have been categorized into four major forms which include vascular headaches, muscle contraction or tension headaches, traction headaches and

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Carotid Artery Disease


June 1, 2017

Your brain is supplied with oxygen-rich blood from two large carotid arteries located on both sides of the neck. These arteries further subdivide into smaller external and internal carotid arteries; the internal arteries supply the brain while the external carotid arteries supply the scalp, face and neck. In the case of carotid artery disease, also

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The Plight of Children with Epilepsy


May 20, 2017

Epilepsy has no favorites when it comes to age groups. And when it affects children, it becomes a sad affair as it disrupts normal childhood in an estimated 10.5 million children worldwide. The good news is that about 70% of children with epilepsy eventually outgrow it with remission being more likely if there are no

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Venous Angioma – A brief Look


May 8, 2017

Cerebral venous angioma is also known as developmental venous anomaly (DVA) and is technically a congenital malformation of veins that drain through the brain. What this means simply is that the person is born with this type of malformation. After the advent of cross-sectional imagining techniques like the MRI and CT, it has been found

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Trigeminal Neuralgia – The Facial Pain


April 15, 2017

The pain caused by the irritation of the trigeminal nerve is perhaps the worst kind of pain that can be experienced by a human. It typically affects the lower face and jaw and presents as an intense bout of stabbing, electric-shock like pain; in some cases, the pain may also affect the nose and forehead

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Pituitary Apoplexy


April 1, 2017

Pituitary apoplexy or pituitary tumor apoplexy is a rare and potentially fatal condition in which a pituitary tumor (usually one larger than 10 mm) spontaneously hemorrhages or bleeds. This is an acute condition that requires urgent medical diagnosis and treatment. The term also refers to a rare condition where the pituitary tumor outgrows its blood

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Features of Hemifacial Spasm


March 15, 2017

Our face is the window we present to the world and when something goes wrong with the face, it leads to a whole lot of mental agony and embarrassment. Spasms usually refer to a sudden involuntary contraction of a muscle or a bunch of muscles, but when we talk about hemifacial spasm, we are talking

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Acoustic Neuroma and Hearing Changes


March 1, 2017

Acoustic neuromas affect about 10 out of every one million people with more women than men being affected. An acoustic neuroma is a slow growing, non cancerous tumor that that arises from the nerves involved in balance and hearing. It is more appropriately known  as vestibular schwannoma and grows from the Schwann cells forming the

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Spina Bifida


February 20, 2017

Spina Bifida is a type of birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the neural tube of the fetus. The neural tube is what eventually develops into the brain and spinal cord. In most cases, the neural tube closes by the 28th day after conception, but in babies

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


February 10, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist that occurs when the median nerve travelling through the narrow passageway called the carpal tunnel, comes under pressure. Nerve entrapment occurs when the tunnel, a passageway made up of bones and ligament, becomes narrowed and inflamed, thereby compressing the median nerve. The median nerve is

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A Herniated Disc or Something More?


February 1, 2017

Healthcare professionals use many terms to refer to spinal disc pathology including ‘herniated disc’, ‘pinched disc’, ‘bulging disc’, ‘slipped disc’, ‘collapsed disc’, ‘black disc’ or even ‘ruptured disc’. Some of these terms sound really dangerous to the layman, but instead of focusing on the terminology, it’s more useful to understand what exactly a herniated disc

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Slipped/Prolapsed Disc


January 17, 2017

The human spine is made up small bones called the vertebrae with a strong rubber-like padding in-between each bone called the disc. These intervertebral discs are protective shock-absorbing pads in between the spinal bones and help the spine remain flexible. These discs are made up of strong fibrous material on the outside with a softer

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Vestibular Schwannoma


January 3, 2017

This is a type of benign tumor that’s also known as acoustic neuroma or Angle tumor; it’s a non- cancerous tumor that affects the eighth cranial nerve running from the inner ear to the brain. Healthy nerves are covered by a sheath of Schwann cells, which help in providing insulation and support to the nerve

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Pituitary Tumors


August 22, 2016

The Pituitary Gland The pituitary gland is a tiny, pea sized endocrine gland located at the base of the human brain. It is veritably called the “master gland” given its critical role in the normal functioning of the human body. The efficiency of other glands and organs in the human body, like the thyroid gland,

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Seizures: Types, Causes, and Symptoms


May 13, 2016

Seizures are changes in the electrical activity of the brain. There could be visible symptoms of the seizure or it could go on without any visual signs of it. A serious seizure is easily recognized, as it involves shaking and loss of body control and loss of consciousness. Types of Seizures Seizures that arise in

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Spinal Stenosis


March 16, 2016

In the medical context, the term stenosis means the narrowing of a vessel or a tubular organ and hence, spinal stenosis stands for the narrowing of the channels of the spinal cord and its associated nerves. The condition can be congenital, but isn’t very common as its degenerative kind. The signs A lot of people

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Sciatica


Sciatica refers to the pain associated with the Sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that extends down the lower back of each leg. The pain may be experienced down the back, outside or even the front part of the leg and usually, the symptoms are felt only on one leg or on one side

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