- Defining characteristics:
Narrowing or collapse of a disc space in the thoracolumbar spine
- Common differential diagnoses:
Intervertebral disc extrusion, positional artifact
- Helpful additional data:
Has the patient been dragging their rear feet or is there nail wear on the toes? Has there been a change in the gait? Is the patient ambulatory? Does the patient appear painful in the abdomen due to referred pain?
- Commonly associated diagnostics:
A thorough neurologic evaluation should be done. Consider *SignalCare MDB in advance of medical or surgical therapy.
- Commonly associated treatments:
Discuss analgesia and cage confinement vs surgical options.
- Commonly associated home care:
Based on treatment, cage rest vs surgery
*SignalCare MDB = CBC/Chemistry/Urinalysis/Thoracic ultrasound/Abdominal ultrasound