5 common spine conditions you should know about
Are you one of the 80 percent of Americans who live with chronic neck or back pain? If so, you know firsthand how confusing it can be to understand your pain and how to treat it. You’ve probably sat in multiple doctors’ offices, listening to them describe your condition and wondering what they’re really saying. So we’re here to break down some of the most common conditions for you in an easy-to-understand way. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain:
Spinal stenosis. If you’re familiar with neck or back pain at all, you’ve probably heard the term “spinal stenosis.” It’s one of the most common conditions related to neck and back pain. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can cause your nerves to become pinched, sending pain throughout your body.
Degenerative disc disease. If you’ve been told you have degenerative disc disease, you’re not alone. In fact, almost everyone has some form of degenerative disc disease because it’s a common symptom of aging. Although almost everyone has some degeneration in their spine, not everyone experiences symptoms.
Bulging disc. You don’t have to experience a severe accident to have a bulging disc. Many times bulging discs occur over time through repetitive movements. Such actions can cause your discs to weaken and bulge from their intended location. For the most part, you’ll never know you have a bulging disc. But when that disc bulges and hits a nerve, that’s when you’ll feel it.
Sciatica. This condition is actually a symptom of various other spine conditions. For example, if you have a bulging disc that presses on your sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in you body, you may feel pain, numbness or tingling throughout your legs.
Bone spur. Like many spine conditions, bone spurs are incredibly common. Almost everyone has a number of bone spurs throughout their spine. And contrary to popular belief, bone spurs are actually smooth, not sharp or jagged. If you’ve been told bone spurs cause your back pain, it’s because one of those protrusions is pressing on a nerve.
Living in pain isn’t something you have to do. If you’ve suffered with chronic neck or back pain for several months or years, consider contacting Laser Spine Institute to find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.