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Pain & Debilitating Conditions

Spinal Pain

The spine and vertebral body protect the spinal cord which provides motor and sensory communication to the brain. The spine also supports our trunks, enabling movement of our heads, arms, and legs as well as our internal organs. Functionality (mobility or feeling) of certain parts of the body or the spinal column and spinal cord can be drastically compromised at the onset of traumatic injury. Chronic pain can interfere with the functionality of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. 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 which carry electronic signals to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Read on to learn more about common causes of spinal pain, diagnosis, management and treatment, and approaches to obtaining spinal pain relief.

Types of Spinal Pain

Spinal Stenosis
Symptoms
Frequent falling, clumsiness, pain and difficulty when walking, numbness, tingling, hot/cold feelings in the legs.

Common Causes
Aging, arthritis, heredity, instability of the spine (or spondylolisthesis), disc herniation, tumors of the spine, and trauma.

 

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Symptoms
Tingling, numbness, or throbbing pain at or below the level of injury where some or all sensation is lost or altered. Loss of sensation and/or strength and/or bladder/bowel functions.

Common Causes
Damage to the spinal cord at the time of injury.

 

Facet Joint Arthropathy
Symptoms
Pain that worsens following sleep or rest, twisting or bending backwards.

Common Causes
Degenerative facet joints in the back of the spine. Accelerated by trauma.

 

Discogenic Pain
Symptoms
Usually more pain in back flexion.

Common Causes
Degenerative disc disease, annular tears, disc bulges or herniations.

 

Herniated (ruptured) Disc
Symptoms
Deep, sharp or cutting pain localized to the back or radiated to the area of the body to which the nerve travels.

Common Causes
Heavy lifting while forward bending and/or twisting, or trauma.

 

Failed Neck or Back Surgery Syndrome
Symptoms
Intractable pain and varying degrees of functional incapacitation.

Common Causes
Failure to improve pain after neck or back surgery.

 

Arachnoiditis
Symptoms
Shooting, stinging and burning pain associated with abnormal sensations.

Common Causes
Trauma, surgery, infection, repeated exposure to certain chemicals.

 

Compression Fractures
Symptoms
Sharp, localized spinal pain.

Common Causes
Injury 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), many pain management treatments may be available to help you find relief and thus, regain your functional abilities. 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, please contact our pain management facility today for a comprehensive evaluation.