The spine is made of 33 bony vertebrae, along with spinal discs, tendons, ligament, fluid, and your spinal cord. When something goes wrong with any one of these parts, you can develop a spine condition or injury.
Back pain is typically the first sign of a spine condition. Spine specialists at Dignity Health Central California want to help ease your pain with personalized treatment delivered with care, dignity, and respect.
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Trust Your Spine Conditions to Dignity Health Central California
The back is consists of four regions. They are cervical (neck), thoracic (middle and upper back), lumbar (low back), and sacral (pelvic). The type of condition of injury and location of the affected spinal nerves can cause a range of symptoms, in addition to pain.
Some spinal conditions and injuries need urgent or emergency care for a quick diagnosis and treatment. Talk to your doctor right away if you have back pain and these nerve symptoms:
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
- Numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your arms or legs
The causes of a spinal conditions and injuries can vary. Repeated and intense activities, arthritis, degenerative joint disease, improper lifting, and trauma are among the more common reasons for spine problems. Some people are born with a spine condition.
Common spine conditions and injuries include:
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors offer spinal injury treatment with humankindness. We will design a personalized care plan to relieve your pain and restore your well-being.
Take Care of Yourself to Prevent Spine Problems
Most spine conditions and injuries heal with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines. Your doctor may also suggest corticosteroid shots, a back brace, or surgery, if necessary. Physical therapy will help strengthen your muscles and prevent future spine problems.
You can help protect your back by:
- Use proper body mechanics while lifting items by using your legs and keeping objects close to your body.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Practice good posture and keep your head in line with your shoulders and hips when sitting or standing.
- Do exercises to keep your abs and back muscles strong.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic experts help heal spine conditions and injuries in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.