Lower back pain is an extremely common condition that most people will experience at some point in their lifetime. Understanding the causes and conditions associated with this common pain is the first step to finding pain relief.
Sometimes referred to as a herniated, ruptured or slipped disc, a bulging disc can cause pain at any point along the spine from the neck to the lower back.
A pinched nerve occurs when one of your nerves is compressed or “pinched” and is an extremely common condition experienced by a large portion of the population.
When pressure is put on the sciatic nerve in the spine, or the nerve becomes compressed, it can result in pain that shoots down the lower back and legs. This common condition is known as Sciatica.
Pain in the neck or lower back are often associated with spinal stenosis, but if left untreated, loss of coordination and weakness in the limbs can also develop.
Most scoliosis surgeons agree that children who have very severe curves (45-50° and higher) will need surgery to lessen the curve and prevent it from getting worse.
Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common spine conditions and is caused by the natural wear and tear of spinal discs over time which can result in painful symptoms as we age.
Failed back surgery syndrome (also called FBSS or failed back syndrome) is the general term used to refer to the condition of patients who have undergone spine surgery but continue to experience the same, worsening or new pain.
Foraminal stenosis is a form of spinal stenosis that refers to the narrowing of the spinal passageways in the vertebrae that can put pressure or pinch the nerves running through these narrowing passageways.
A herniated disc is painful condition that occurs when a spinal disc becomes damaged and the soft inside layer breaks open, leaks into the outer layer of the disc and spinal canal and puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
When pressure is put on a nerve root in or near the spinal column, whether from injury or age-related wear and tear, the pain that radiates from the pinched nerve is categorized as a condition called radiculopathy.
Neck pain can be caused by various conditions and issues, but chronic neck pain can be a symptom of more serious spine conditions such as cervical degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, radiculopathy, or spinal stenosis.
Mid-back, or middle back, pain is categorized as any pain symptom that affects the portion of the back from the neck to right above the bottom of the rib cage, in an area called the thoracic spine.
Often occurring at the base of the spine, spondylolisthesis causes one of the vertebrae to slip forward onto the vertebrae bone directly beneath it.
Post laminectomy syndrome, sometimes called to as failed back surgery syndrome or FBSS, refers to when patients continue to experience persistent pain after a laminectomy procedure.
The facet joint is the linking portion of the spine between vertebrae that makes it possible for you to bend forward and twist from side to side. As with other parts of the spine, age-related degeneration can occur resulting in Facet Syndrome, a form of osteoarthritis.
Spinal discs are spongy cushion-like structures between vertebrae, consisting of soft inner material and an outer layer. The condition of a torn disc occurs when the outer layer of the spinal disc tears and the inner material leaks outward into the tear, which can result in slight to complete disc herniation.
Disc degeneration is often a symptom of an age-related spine condition known as degenerative disc disease. Spinal discs are the cushiony, shock-absorbing structures between vertebrae, providing flexibility for the spine.