Chronic Back Pain
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The bony spinal column is important for supporting your body and protecting the delicate spinal cord. However, many conditions, from arthritis to traumatic injury, can cause your spine to stop working the way it should. When this happens, several types of treatments may help restore function to your spine and relieve the pain associated with back, neck, and spine conditions.
To experience freedom from your back, neck, and spine condition or injury, meet with one of our Dignity Health experts.
Common Back, Neck, & Spine Conditions
Damage to the back, neck, and spine can result from a range of conditions and injuries, from minor pain to severe and high-impact. Some common back, neck, and spine conditions and injuries include:
- Degenerative spine disease
- Fracture vertebrae
- Herniated discs
- Lower back pain
- Middle back pain
- Upper back pain
- Osteophyte (bone spur) formation
- Spinal tumors
- Spondylosis (arthritis of the spine)
- Traumatic injuries
Symptoms of Back, Neck, & Spine Conditions & Injuries
Signs and symptoms of spine problems often involve pain and varying degrees of nerve dysfunction. In general, a condition affecting the spine at any point, from the neck to the lower back, can cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Localized pain
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, feet, or legs
- Complete loss of feeling in the arms, hands, feet, or legs
- Worsening loss of bladder control
- Inability to achieve an erection
- Visible deformity of the spine (such as a hunched upper back)
Causes of Back Conditions & Injuries
Aging, trauma, and underlying medical issues all can cause problems with the back, neck, and spine. Aging can make the spongy spinal discs stiff and brittle, leading to compression or collapse. Arthritis can cause bone spurs to develop between the vertebrae at any point along the spine. Trauma, such as a fall, can cause mild to severe fractures of one or more vertebrae.
Treatment of Back, Neck, & Spine Conditions & Injuries
Treatment options for back, neck, and spine issues will depend on the cause and severity of your condition. In some cases, particularly those that include damage to the spinal cord, full recovery may not be possible. Other more common back, neck, and spine conditions respond to nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy or medication.
For severe degenerative disease or fractures due to trauma, surgery is sometimes necessary to stabilize the spine and relieve pressure on the spinal cord.
The board-certified spine specialists at Dignity Health provide trusted care and treatment for back, neck, and spine conditions and injuries.