5 Spinal Disorders You Need to Know About

doctor showing x-ray of spine to senior man at hospitalYour spine is a complex system of bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments that work together to support your body and enable you to move. When any of these components is not functioning correctly, it can lead to pain and disability. Here are five spinal disorders that you should be aware of.

Herniated disc

A herniated disc acts as a shock absorber between the bones of your spine. They are gel-filled pads that allow the bones to move freely without causing pain. However, if one of the discs becomes damaged or ruptured, it can protrude onto your spine and cause immense pain. 

Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease occurs by normal wear and tear on the cartilage between your discs over time which causes lower back pain while standing or walking long distances, and chronic neck pain when you bend forward or turn from side to side. 

Spinal stenosis

This condition occurs when part of your spine narrows, putting pressure on your spinal cord or nerves going to your arms or legs. Common symptoms of spinal stenosis include difficulty walking, loss of balance, and weakness in your legs.

Spondylolisthesis (forward slips in your vertebrae)

This is when one of the bones (vertebrae) in your back starts to slip forward onto the bone below it. Sudden movements can sometimes cause a vertebra to fissure, which will loosen it and allow it to move out of its proper position, so the bones do not line up correctly anymore. It may also occur because the ligaments that hold the two bones together deteriorate over time. 

Arachnoiditis (inflammation in the spine that develops over time)

Arachnoiditis occurs when the arachnoid, one of the membranes surrounding and protecting the spinal cord, is inflamed. Infections such as shingles and mumps can cause this. Drugs that slow down electrical signal transmission can also cause it when they affect how inflammation occurs. 

Let Us Help You With Your Spinal Disorder

Do you have a spinal disorder that needs help in Dallas-Forth Worth, TX? We provide spine care of the highest quality at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders as part of our commitment to excellence. 

We strive to integrate prevention into all our treatment plans along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems to avoid future complications. You can reach us at (817) 916-4685.

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