Among musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis is the most frequently diagnosed by physicians specializing in spinal and back conditions.
Back Pain in Children
Back pain in children can be especially destructive, affecting the physical, mental, and emotional health of the affected child and his or her family.
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome, or “horse’s tail” in Latin, is a rare disease targeting the nerve roots in the lumbar (lower) spinal cord. Given its seriousness, CES may require immediate medical attention.
One of the most serious back and spinal injuries is a cervical fracture. If a cervical fracture is suspected, you may be dealing with a broken neck!
Cervical radiculopathy or a pinched nerve occurs when neck pain spreads all the way into your shoulders or arms. This pain and discomfort is actually the result of an injury near a spinal nerve root.
Cervical spondylosis is a common injury that often occurs when playing sports. In such an injury, a fracture develops in the spinal column’s bones involving the neck.
Congenital Torticollis (Twisted Neck)
Congenital torticollis, common in firstborn children, is typically diagnosed 6-8 weeks after birth. Children with a twisted neck are 10-20% more likely to have hip dysplasia (dislocation) at birth as well.
Fracture of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine
A thoracic or lumbar fracture of the spine is a serious condition. The Spine Center is unrivaled in neck or back pain management for a fracture of the thoracic and lumbar spine.
A herniated disk, also known as a “slipped,” “torn,” or “ruptured” disk, often results when we attempt to lift something. Please note that although the pain and discomfort can seem unbearable, a herniated disk is actually one of the most common conditions affecting your neck, back, arms, and legs.
Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine
While the spine is somewhat rounded naturally, problems arise when this curvature becomes abnormal. This can cause “round-back,” also known as kyphosis of the spine or hunchback.
Low Back Pain
According to the National Institute of Health, low back pain, or lumbago, impacts an estimated 80% of the entire population. Although each individual has his or her own threshold for pain, low back pain can negatively impact your life. Fortunately there are ways to deal with, and even overcome, low back pain. At The Spine Center, our experienced team of medical specialists is trained to treat a variety of back and spinal conditions and offer back pain management.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Like various parts of our bodies, the spine changes through the years. As time passes, the spinal canal gradually narrows and a condition known as lumbar spinal stenosis may develop.
Neck pain can develop as a result of various causes including long hours of working or studying, physical activities, accidents and injuries, stress or sickness.
Sciatica is a very common condition, especially in men and women between the ages of 30 and 50. The pain usually starts in the lower back or hips and then radiates into the back of the thighs and can spread down into the legs with the possibility of affecting the feet.
Spinal Cord Compression
Despite a proper diet and exercise routine, you can’t escape the effects of aging, especially when it comes to spinal health. One of the more common conditions is spinal cord compression or cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). This condition occurs as a result of the natural narrowing of the spinal canal. While some narrowing is normal, increased narrowing may compress the spinal cord causing a serious threat to general health.
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
When back pain severely interferes with normal life, the cause may be either Spondylolysis or Spondylolisthesis. Although they may sound similar, one is actually a more advanced version of the other. These conditions are caused by the spinal bones (vertebrae) moving out of their proper alignment, often resulting from a fracture.
Are you struggling with back or spinal pain? In 2006 alone, back or spinal injuries were the leading cause (more than 132 million) of nationwide physicians’ visits. According to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006, over 25% of the nation’s population suffers from musculoskeletal conditions.Typically, physicians refer patients to a host of other specialists and healthcare professionals, which often results in a frustrating, costly and inefficient experience.
We established The Spine Center to facilitate a convenient and effective experience for our patients where we can address all of your medical needs in one location. Whatever your musculoskeletal condition, you’ll find the proper treatment at our facility.
Exploring Spinal Structure and Function
The spine is comprised of three segments containing bones known as “vertebrae” which actually form the natural curves. These three segments are:
- Cervical spine – this segment runs from the skull’s base to the upper chest and includes seven vertebrae
- Thoracic spine – this segment runs from the upper chest to the middle back and connect to the rib cage and includes twelve vertebrae
- Lumbar spine – this segment is located in the lower back and supports much of the body’s weight and includes five larger vertebrae.
The spinal cord connects the brain to the peripheral nervous system and functions as the body’s main information highway as it runs through each vertebra. Muscles and ligaments connected to the spine, providing vital support, stability, and strength. Additionally, the vertebral column houses small joints called “facet joints” which enable movement. While facet joints allow spinal rotation, these joints are a target for arthritis and neck and lower back pain.
Located between each vertebra are flat, round intervertebral disks that provide flexibility and strength and enable movement while strengthening the spine. Intervetebral disks act as a spinal shock absorber. Should these intervertebral disks become damaged, serious injuries can occur.
The following pages outline the most common types of injuries, other medical conditions and related symptoms and treatment options. The Spine Center works with each individual patient to effectively diagnose the problem and the best course of treatment. For additional information regarding back and spinal conditions, contact the Spine Center at (407) 303-5452.