Users' questions

How long does it take to heal your spine?

How long does it take to heal your spine?

Given time, most injuries to the ligaments and muscles will heal on their own within six weeks. The key to recovery is staying active, within limits. Most people who try to return to their normal lives as soon as possible find that their ache gradually fades.

What does a torn ligament in the back feel like?

Pain that gets worse when you move. Muscle cramping or spasms (sudden uncontrollable muscle contractions) Decreased function and/or range of motion of the joint (difficulty walking, bending forward or sideways, or standing straight)

Why are there so many dural tears in spinal surgery?

The number and complexity of spinal procedures is increasing in the last decades, leading to a greater prevalence of dural tears[1]. One of the important intraoperative mechanisms other than direct laceration of the dura include excessive nerve root traction during the removal of big disc extrusions and implantation of spinal instrumentation.

Who is the best surgeon for dural sac tears?

Scott Sundick, MD, is a board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeon. He currently practices in Westfield, New Jersey. A dural tear is a complication of spine surgery in which the thin covering over the spinal cord (called dura mater) is nicked by the surgeon’s instrument.

Which is the best way to treat dural tears?

Prevention is the best way to treat the complications and disability that attend the unwanted dural tears. Knowing about the mechanisms and predisposing factors for that objectionable complication is a matter of utmost importance when planning and performing spinal surgical procedures.

What happens if a rotator cuff tear is not repaired?

One myth about rotator cuff tears is that the shoulder is doomed if the tendon is not repaired. The reality is that some people can have good range of motion and function with torn rotator cuff tendons. The degree of symptoms after a failed rotator cuff repair depends upon many factors.

The number and complexity of spinal procedures is increasing in the last decades, leading to a greater prevalence of dural tears[1]. One of the important intraoperative mechanisms other than direct laceration of the dura include excessive nerve root traction during the removal of big disc extrusions and implantation of spinal instrumentation.

Scott Sundick, MD, is a board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeon. He currently practices in Westfield, New Jersey. A dural tear is a complication of spine surgery in which the thin covering over the spinal cord (called dura mater) is nicked by the surgeon’s instrument.

Can a dural tear be repaired with dicussion?

DICUSSION. In respect of unwanted dural tears manipulations of the dura and nerve roots are extremely dangerous among the patients with advanced degenerative spinal stenosis and in re-operated patients. As the area of the dural defect is exposed to the surgeon the tear could be immediately repaired.

How can you tell if you have a dural sac tear?

As mentioned at the start of this article, symptoms of a dural tear include cerebrospinal fluid leakage (called CSF leak). What does that look like? How can you tell if you (may) have a dural tear? Dr. Auerbach says if you have a CSF leak, you may notice a clear fluid discharging from your surgical wound.