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Is it better to sleep without a pillow?

For most people, it is better to sleep with a pillow according to the latest research. Sleeping without a pillow increases interocular pressure which is considered a risk for glaucoma patients. ...
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Is there a link between bed firmness and spine deformations?

We should clarify some terms here. Scoliosis is a deformation, but Lordosis and kyphosis are not. The latter two are normal structural parts of human spine. Back to your question, we don´t know. ...
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How safe are backboards?

The only studies I'm aware of come from the Emergency Medicine Journal, but other should exist for sure. Some say it has drawbacks (discomfort, pressure sore) and that alternatives such as the vacuum ...
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Dealing with a lot of standing

How can I deal with standing for long periods? I have an odd sensation, like pins and needles The technical name for that kind of altered sensation is paraesthesia. It can have a number of causes; ...
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Why are backboards no longer used as spinal immobilization devices?

I took a quick look at the National Registry site, and their practice tests still show protocols and usage questions for backboard application, so if it is a new national EMS policy, then it isn't ...
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Can spinal cord's C3 disc apply pressure on C7?

I think you are misunderstanding what that sentence says - as I interpret it it means that the posterior discs from C3 to C7 are bulging. So all five of them, C3/4/5/6/7 (or rather, the four discs ...
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Should a chiropractor be called if my neck is (moderately) out of alignment?

Under no circumstances should you ever allow chiropractic manipulation of the neck unless you're interested causing a stroke or paralysis. There is an artery that exits between two cervical vertebrae. ...
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What's the differences between the Herniated discs and Cervical spondylitis with cord/root compression?

A herniated disc means that a part of a disc has ruptured and squeezed out beyond its regular circumference. A herniated disc may or may not press upon the spinal cord or a root of a spinal nerve. ...
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Can lumbar/sacral/thoracic spinal injury cause migraines?

The headache after lumbar puncture is common (~30%) and is not migraine headache. The mechanism is not entirely clear but likely involves a drop of cerebrospinal fluid volume and/or pressure (PubMed): ...
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Can spine misalignment be responsible for eye conditions?

I'm not entirely certain what you mean by "spine misalignment", but there are certainly traumatic injuries to the cervical neck that can indirectly result in full or partial blindness. This would ...
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Ongoing mid/upper back pain causes and treatments

For now, I can provide only a very limited answer: The pain in your chest possibly arises from the joints between the sternum and the cartilages of the ribs. The condition is called costochondritis. ...
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How do I know I slipped a disc?

A herniated (slipped) disc in the neck (cervical) spine causes pain in the neck, between the shoulder blades and often radiates down one arm. Placing a hand on the affected side on top of the head ...
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Can spine misalignment be responsible for eye conditions?

No, not that I'm aware. You might see this referred to in Chiropractic charts but chiropractic is an alternative non-science based system. Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine mostly ...
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Protrusion or Extrusion?

To me it appears like an extrusion, have a close look at this. The aperture of the disk material that is outside its confined space is larger than the the width of its normal boundaries. Since, it's ...
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How to identify Axis and Atlas of cervical spine

The atlas can be felt. It's the first protuberance you feel at the top of the spine. The axis is the second one. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4486993/
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Do patients who are paralyzed from the waist down maintain healthy bones?

This answer includes some speculation in the end. Since this is also a speculative question I hope that's okay :-) if people who suffer from paralysis, specifically those who can't walk anymore, ...
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