Back pain is one of the most common reasons individuals seek medical care. However, back pain is only a symptom of an underlying illness or injury. Back and neck pain may be attributed to any number of spinal disorders, and a back specialist must first identify the cause of the pain before prescribing effective treatment. At SpineOne, we offer treatment options for a number of spinal conditions, including:
The spinal column is made up of 24 articulating vertebrae, which are cushioned by flexible pads called discs, as well as nine fused vertebrae. The cushioning discs between vertebrae can rupture, causing stiffness and back pain. If the disc herniation is severe, the disc may even press upon the nerves extending from the spine, resulting in increased back pain or limb numbness.
Body joints, including those in the spinal column, tend to deteriorate as a person ages. When the body’s natural cartilage begins to wear away, the bones no longer have the cushioning they need to smoothly glide over each other. Instead, bone grates against bone, causing significant pain, stiffness, and swelling. This is called osteoarthritis. When this occurs in the spine, the resulting pain can be debilitating.
Another age-related medical condition that can cause back pain is spinal stenosis. This condition occurs when the spinal column begins to narrow, providing less and less room for the spinal cord and surrounding nerves. When this happens, pressure is put on these structures which can result in both severe back pain and limb numbness.
Sciatica is a secondary medical condition that results from another illness or injury. It occurs when the sciatic nerve, which starts at the lower back and runs down both legs, suffers from injury or pressure. Many times, patients with sciatica cite symptoms including pain, numbness, or tingling in one or both legs.
Do you suffer from one of these conditions? If so, SpineOne can help. We provide safe and effective medical treatment for a wide range of spinal disorders, including those listed above. To schedule a consultation with a back specialist, please call our Denver facility at (303) 367-2225.