Degenerative Spinal Disorders Causes and Treatment

Degenerative spinal disorders are a combination of problems in the spine that involve a loss of normal structure and function. These disorders can be associated with damage to the disc caused by the normal effects of aging, but may have a variety of other causes as well.

Causes

The discs between the bones of the spine are made up of cartilage, fibrous tissue, and water. With age these discs can weaken and may flatten, bulge, break down, or herniate. Disc herniation, a common cause of pain associated spinal degeneration, occurs when the fibrous portion of a disc weakens and the disc nucleus pushes through and puts pressure on nearby nerves. In addition, a degenerating disc also may cause bony growths that can place additional pressure on the spinal cord.
 

 

Local MD's explain Glioblastoma, aggressive type of Brain Cancer

News of Senator John McCain’s cancer diagnosis shocked the world last week.
The former prisoner of war and Republican presidential nominee has an aggressive brain cancer called, Glioblastoma.
Glioblastoma, or more commonly known as GBM, is a type of brain cancer that doctors say is not only aggressive, but can spread quickly.
While Sen. McCain’s doctors say he’s exploring future treatment options, his diagnosis prompted 6-News to take a closer look at the type of brain cancer that affects thousands of Americans.