Back And Spine

The spine is one of the most important parts of your body

By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: January 12, 2012

Back And Spine

Do you suffer from neck and back pain? This is too often a result of overusing our bodies for years, poor body posture, aging muscle weakness, and stiff or loose joints. Understanding the spine and its function enables you to regain proper spinal adjustments so that you can live, play, and work pain-free again.

There are many different causes of back pain. Some of the most common are: arthritis of the spine, scoliosis, muscle spasms, strain or sprain, annular tears, bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, extruded discs, stenosis, infection, tumor and fractured (broken) bones.

The spine is one of the most important parts of your body. Without it, you could not keep yourself upright or even stand up. It gives your body structure and support. It allows you to move about freely and to bend with flexibility. The spine is also designed to protect your spinal cord. The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects your brain with the rest of your body, allowing you to control your movements. Without a spinal cord, you could not move any part of your body, and your organs could not function. This is why keeping your spine healthy is vital if you want to live an active life. It gives you a tingling sensation just thinking about it.

Surgery usually involves removing or adjusting parts of your spinal anatomy that press against your spinal nerves, with a goal of relieving your symptoms. Two common surgical procedures are lumbar disc replacement and cervical disc replacement.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The bones of your spine form a column or canal that protects your spinal cord. Your spinal cord runs through this canal. Over time, spinal stenosis may develop which compresses the spinal cord.

Most frequently people suffer from a pinched nerve, or radiculopathy, which may cause pain in the upper extremities, thorax, or legs.

Finding a back or neck specialist is the first priority in diagnosing your pain.

Spinal Fusion

The goal of spinal fusion is literally to fuse the spine, or more specifically the vertebrae in the spine. To do this, orthopaedic surgeons use bone grafting methods to stimulate natural bone growth in the gap between vertebrae to fuse two or more vertebrae together. Learn more...

Total Disk Replacement

Total disk replacement (TDR) is an alternative to spinal fusion that repairs problems with the disks in between the vertebrae in the spine. TDR is performed by orthopedic surgeons to alleviate pain caused by spinal instability. 

Lumbar Laminectomy For Spinal Stenosis

This unnatural compression of the spinal column is known as spinal stenosis.  Numbness, prickling and pinching sensation are a few symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. The symptoms are often only felt with walking. The severity of the condition will determine the treatment plan. Typically a readjustment in position along with the use of medication lessens the pain. Chronic pain causing disability and incapacitation may require a laminectomy procedure.

Spine Surgery

The surgical procedure to repair and correct deviations of the back, spinal column, discs and nerves.  Spinal surgery is by performed neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons.

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