How to Live with a Spinal Disorder

Concept of healthy spineAnyone who suffers from a spinal disorder knows the challenges that come with it. From pain to mobility issues, everyday life can be challenging. Living a happy and healthy life despite a spinal disorder is possible. In this blog post, we’ll share tips on living with a spinal disorder.

What is a Spinal Disorder?

A spinal disorder is any condition that affects the spinal cord or the bones, nerves, and tissues in the spine. There are many different types of spinal disorders, and they can range from mild to severe. Spinal disorders can occur due to various things, including birth defects, trauma, infections, and degenerative diseases. Spinal disorders can also be hereditary.

Types of Spinal Disorders

Some spinal disorders can be treated with medication or physical therapy, while others may require surgery. In some cases, a person with a spinal disorder may need to use a wheelchair or other assistive device to help them move around.

There are many different types of spinal disorders, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis

Causes of Spinal Disorders

The spine is a column of bones extending from the skull’s base to the pelvis. It consists of 33 vertebrae, separated by intervertebral discs. The spine protects the spinal cord, which carries nerve impulses to and from the brain.

There are many different causes of spinal disorders, including:

Age-related wear and tear

  • Injury
  • Obesity
  • Genetic abnormalities

Symptoms of Spinal Disorders

Symptoms of spinal disorders vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. However, common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling

Treatment of Spinal Disorders

Spinal disorders often require diagnosis through physical examination, imaging tests, and nerve testing. Treatment for spinal disorders varies depending on the type and severity of the condition. However, treatment options may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

Living with a Spinal Disorder

Living with a spinal disorder can be difficult. However, there are many resources and support groups available to help. Some tips include:

Stay as active as possible. Exercise can help improve your flexibility and range of motion and strengthen the muscles around your spine. Physical activity can also help reduce pain and improve your overall mood. 

Avoid smoking. Smoking can worsen your condition and lead to other health problems. 

Pay close attention to your posture. Proper posture can help reduce pain and prevent further damage to your spine. You should also avoid sitting or standing for long periods.

Do you suffer from a spinal disorder? Get in touch with Dr. Jason C. Tinley and his team at his Fort Worth, Texas, practice today to get the diagnosis and treatment you need for your spinal disorder. You can reach us at (817) 916-4685.

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