Back pain is extremely common in society and can range from mid-back pain all the way down to lower back pain. Back pain can also range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard for patients to move. Pain can start on its own or it could be a result of lifting something too heavy and it can continue to get worse.
Approximately 4/5 people will suffer back pain at some time in their lives. Lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is one of the most common reasons for missing work.
Bulging discs are very common. It’s estimated that as many as 80 percents of people over 55 have a bulging disc or discs in some area of their spine.
Compressed nerves are also known as pinched nerves. Nerves become pinched when pressure is applied to them by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, discs, muscles, tendons or bone spurs.
Degenerative disc disease isn’t actually a “disease,” but a condition where the natural wear and tear on a disc causes pain, instability, and other symptoms.
A herniated disc, also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, is a damaged “cushion” between two bones in the spine (vertebrae). Normally, the gelatinous discs between the vertebrae hold the bones in place and act as shock absorbers, permitting the spine to bend smoothly.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS) is a general term used to describe a variety of surgical techniques that involve making smaller incisions and reducing the amount of tissue damage beneath the skin.
The spinal cord is a group of nerves housed inside the spine. Myelopathy is an injury to the spinal cord caused by severe compression
Motion preservation is a somewhat new concept. This group of surgeries aims to provide an alternative to fusion surgery, which could colloquially be thought of as “motion restriction,” since it fuses at least two vertebrae together and prevents motion in that section of the spine.
Neck pain is extremely common in society and can range from mild soreness to severe pain. When people experience neck pain, this is mostly due to poor posture and typically relieves itself within a few days.
Sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve stretches from the spinal cord to the end of each leg and may become inflamed for a number of reasons.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. All spines have a natural curve, however, patients with scoliosis have excessive spinal curving. Usually, scoliosis develops during the growth spurt before puberty, between the ages of 9 and 15.
When people think of arthritis, they often think of rheumatoid arthritis, the autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks the joints. But more common is osteoarthritis, which is caused by mechanical wear and tear on the joints.
Spondylolisthesis is a displacement of one of the bones of the spine. When the displaced vertebra slips out of its normal location onto the bone beneath it, it may compress a spinal nerve, causing pain. This condition most commonly occurs in the lumbar (lower) region of the back and may occur for a variety of reasons.
Spondylosis is an umbrella term that generally means degeneration of the spine for any cause. It usually is associated with osteoarthritis of the spine, which is a wear and tear condition in the spine affects the vertebral bodies, specifically the facet joints.
Although some may not experience any symptoms, spinal stenosis is known to leave many with pain to the neck, arms, or back.
Whiplash is a common neck condition that occurs as a result of a sudden backward-forwards motion of the head, often associated with car accidents. This type of injury can stretch the muscles and ligaments as the neck moves out of its normal range of motion.
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