Conditions

Being told that you have a spinal disorder is often a worrying and stressful experience. However, one of the best ways to reduce your fears and concerns is to gain a better understanding of your condition.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that affects the lower vertebrae (spinal bones). This disease causes one of the lower vertebrae to slip forward onto the bone directly beneath it.

Vertebral Compression Fracture

A compression fracture is a collapse of a vertebra. Vertebrae are the round, strong bones that form your spine. It most often occurs in the thoracic and lumbar areas of your spine. Spinal compression fractions can also cause pain that gets worse when you stand or walk but with some relief when you lie down, loss of height, and/or curved stooped shape to your spine.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the nerves at the level of the lumbar vertebrae.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disk disease is when normal changes that take place in the disks of your spine cause pain. Spinal disks are like shock absorbers between the vertebrae, or bones, of your spine. In some cases, degenerative disc disease also causes weakness, numbness, and hot, shooting pains in the arms or legs (radicular pain).

Cervical Myelopathy

Cervical myelopathy refers to compression on the cervical spinal cord. Any space occupying lesion within the cervical spine with the potential to compress the spinal cord can cause cervical myelopathy.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior.

Adolescent Scoliosis

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that appears in late childhood or adolescence’. Instead of growing straight, the spine develops a side-to-side curvature, usually in an elongated “S” or “C” shape; the bones of the spine are also slightly twisted or rotated.

Cervical Disc Herniation

A herniated cervical disk is one of the most common causes of neck pain. If the disk is pressing on a nerve root, other symptoms can include: Numbness or tingling in a shoulder or arm that may go down to your fingers. Weakness in a hand or arm.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease where increased bone weakness increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. Bones that commonly break include the vertebrae in the spine, the bones of the forearm, and the hip.

Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

There is no one treatment, or combination of treatments which can guarantee zero risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. The best prevention, however, is a life-long commitment to physical activity, good nutrition, and normal reproductive hormone status. Don’t smoke. Smoking increases rates of bone loss and the chance.

Possible Complications after Spine Surgery

Surgery of any type has the potential for complications, and spine surgery is no
different. If you have a scheduled spine surgery, one of your first questions is likely
about the risks of your procedure. While your surgeon will explain the possible risks of your specific back or neck treatment, here are some potential general complications of spine surgery: anesthesia, bleeding, blood clots, dural tear, infection, lung problems, and persistent pain.

Sacroiliac Pain

Pain can be from inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, called sacroiliitis. This is commonly felt as pain on one side of the lower back to the right or left of mid line where the joint is located. The inflamed joint can become dislocated, as if the lock and key grooves are in the wrong position.

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