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Thinking about applying for disability in the USA?

Here are a few helpful things to get you started. Firstly  you need to  go  the Social Security Administration page. You can apply online, or have the forms sent to your home.  ​Social Security Benefits (SSI)As far as Social Security benefits, SSI is a set disability amount which is awarded for those who have not worked enough years or haven’t paid enough social security tax into the system. For example, the maximum amount right now is $750/monthly. SSDI bene […]

Under pressure: compressed arteries in DCM

by Max Stewart Freddie Mercury immortalising the Queen song ‘Under Pressure’ One of the most perplexing things about DCM is the role of spinal cord compression in the disease. It easy to think that the picture is a simple one: as the spine degenerates (joints wearing out, ligaments hardening and bones shifting position) the spinal cord gradually becomes compressed. This compression damages the spinal cord, kills off nerves cells a […]

We are pleased to welcome Tim Boerger to the team

Tim Boerger We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Tim Boerger to the myelopathy.org team,he will be contributing to the blog by writing summaries of recently published research.Tim Boerger is a Ph.D. student in rehabilitation science at Marquette University in the United States. His dissertation research focusses on walking and balance function in patients with cervical myelopathy. He himself had an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in November 2016 for a cervica […]

Can we detect myelopathy before symptoms develop?

By J.Hamilton. Why is ASCC relevant to Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy?Asymptomatic spinal cord compression (ASCC) is very common; studies of healthy volunteers has identified between 8 and 59 in every 100 patients who underwent a cervical MRI had it! [1]  These are the same compression features seen in DCM, however less that 1 in a hundred patients from these studies had any symptoms of myelopathy….   Hence the term ASCC (as opposed to DCM, which is defined by the symptom […]

Should you have physiotherapy after surgery?

by A Badran At present, surgery is the mainstay of treatment for myelopathy.  Whilst it is able to stop further injury to the spinal cord by relieving impingement, the limited capacity for the spinal cord to repair leads to only partial recovery.  Therefore strategies to improve recovery after surgery are a major unmet need in myelopathy. This has generated much interest in postoperative therapies to maximise posto […]

Hydrotherapy brings green shoots of recovery to exercise desert.

Delphine Houlton By Delphine HoultonOn completion of my first ACDF, the surgeon immediately informed my anxious husband that I would never ride a bike again.That was in 2007 and, to be fair, I have not taken to the saddle since.  After initial improvements, unfortunately many Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM) symptoms returned. Fusion had not taken place and the discs had slipped slightly.On discharge from my second ACDF in 2008, with discs caged and this time a soft collar for six wee […]

Living with long term conditions like myelopathy

 BY Dr Amalia Gasson ​   ​Amalia has been working in adult mental health in the NHS for eight years, currently working in a community mental health rehabilitation team.  She is experienced in working therapeutically with clients with a wide range of difficulties, with a focus on anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and serious mental health difficulties. She also has an interest in chronic pain a […]

Spinal Cord Swelling: What is it?  Does it matter?

By B.Samara Swelling is a common reaction of your body to any form of injury; remember the last time you banged your finger, or perhaps twisted your ankle?  So unsurprisingly, it can happen to the spinal cord and has been reported in patients with CSM.  However, it is not present in all patients and its significance is not certain.  In addition to this, some studies have now described that the spinal cord can swell after surgery.  The reason for this is unclear and equa […]

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