Your spine is a complex system made of many parts: 33 bony vertebrae, spinal discs, tendons, ligaments, muscles, fluid, and the spinal cord. If any of these components become damaged, diseased, or injured, painful spine problems are sure to follow.
Some common spine conditions and injuries include:
At Dignity Health North State, we provide advanced diagnostic procedures and expert treatment for many spinal injuries and conditions. If you have pain in your back or spine, Find a Doctor today for personal care for spine conditions in Northern California.
Know the Symptoms of Common Spine Conditions & Injuries
Back pain that worsens with or limits movement is a universal symptom of spine problems. Because your spinal cord carries nerve impulses throughout your body, you can experience a wide range of additional symptoms. Depending on what individual spinal nerves are affected, symptoms can include:
- Numbness, pain, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs (depending on the affected nerves)
- Difficulty walking or climbing stairs, loss of coordination
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
If you are experiencing back pain with nerve symptoms, see your Dignity Health North State doctor right away. You may require urgent or emergency care for a rapid diagnosis and treatment.
What are the Causes of Common Spine Conditions & Injuries?
Some conditions, such as congenital scoliosis, are present at birth. Other causes of spinal problems include repetitive strenuous activity, improper lifting, arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and trauma.
Expert Treatment of Spine Problems at Dignity Health North State
Your Dignity Health North State doctor will recommend treatment and prevention strategies based on your medical history, risk factors, and exact spine condition or injury.
Many spine problems get better with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines. Physical therapy can also help manage active symptoms and prevent problems in the future. More aggressive treatment options include corticosteroid shots, back braces, and spine surgery.
Additional prevention strategies to keep your back strong include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight to minimize strain on your back
- Keeping good posture — don’t slouch and keep your head in line with your shoulders and hips
- Using appropriate body mechanic while lifting — lift with your legs while keeping the object close to your body
- Strengthening your back and abdominal muscles, which can also help with good posture
Our spine experts deliver unparalleled care to patients in our communities. Learn more about spine care services available at our Northern California hospitals:
Dignity Health North State provides expert care with respect and compassion for spine conditions in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.