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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Pain and Debilitating Conditions

Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar Sacral Spinal Pain

The spine and vertebrae protect the spinal cord – which provides mobility and sensation communication to the brain – and support our trunks, enabling movement of our heads, arms, and legs. Functionality (mobility or feeling) of certain parts of the body or of the spinal column and cord can be drastically compromised at the onset of traumatic injury or severe, chronic pain. While the spinal column has four regions: cervical (neck), thoracic (chest/trunk), lumbar (low back), and sacral (pelvic), the spinal cord consists of a tubular bundle of nerves grouped together according to ascending or descending tracts carrying electronic signals to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Read on to learn more about common types of spinal pain.

Types of Spinal Pain Symptoms Common Causes
Spinal Stenosis Frequent falling, clumsiness, pain and difficulty when walking, numbness, tingling, hot/cold feelings in the legs. Aging, arthritis, heredity, instability of the spine (or spondylolisthesis), tumors of the spine, and trauma.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Tingling, numbness, or throbbing pain at or below the level of injury where some or all sensation to touch is lost. Loss of sensation and/or strength and/or bladder/bowel functions. Damage to the spinal cord at the time of injury.
Facet Joint Arthropathy Pain that worsens following sleep or rest, twisting or bending backwards. Previous back injury, fractures, torn ligaments, and disc problems.
Discogenic Pain Usually more pain in back flexion. Degenerative disc disease, aging, or injury.
Herniated (Ruptured) Disc Deep, sharp or cutting pain localized to the back or radiated to the area of the body to which the nerve travels. Heavy lifting or trauma.
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Intractable pain and varying degrees of functional incapacitation. Failure to remove pain as a result of prior back surgery.
Arachnoiditis Shooting, stinging and burning pain associated with bizarre sensations. Trauma, surgery, infection, repeated exposure to certain chemicals.
Compression Fractures Sharp, localized spinal pain. Injury resulting from trauma, more commonly due to Osteoporosis.

Your physician may perform a variety of tests for the accurate diagnosis of your spinal pain condition. Depending on your type of spinal pain and location (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacral) along the spinal column, many pain management treatments may be available to you that prove viable solutions to help you find relief and regain function. The spinal column and spinal cord are critical components of your body and as such must be treated with care and attention. If you have experienced or continue to experience any of the symptoms noted above, contact one of the pain management physicians at our practice today.