The spine consists of 33 vertebrae and many other structures, including spinal discs, ligaments, muscles, tendons, fluid, and the spinal cord. Damage to one or more of these areas can cause a spine condition or injury.
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The four regions of the spine include the neck, middle and upper back, lower back, and the pelvic area. The most common conditions and injuries associated with these areas are:
If discomfort from a neck or back problem is limiting your daily routine, meet with an orthopedic doctor at Dignity Health Southern California for diagnosis and personalized treatment.
Symptoms of Spine Conditions & Back Injuries
The symptoms of a spine condition or back injury vary greatly, depending on the type and severity of the problem. In general, the main symptom is neck or back pain and limited range of motion.
Symptoms of back problems affecting spinal nerves include:
- Pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the arms and legs
- Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
- Loss of coordination
- Problems with bladder or bowel control
You should see a doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing back pain with symptoms of spinal nerve damage. For a diagnosis of your symptoms, visit a Dignity Health Southern California hospital near you:
Causes of Spine Conditions & Back Injuries
The main causes of spine conditions and injuries include:
- Repetitive and strenuous activities
- Improper lifting technique (lifting with your back instead of your legs)
- Degenerative joint disease
- Trauma (sports injuries, car accidents, falls)
Spine conditions can also be present at birth (congenital).
Treatment for Spine Conditions & Injuries at Dignity Health Southern California
Many spine problems or injuries respond well to initial treatment such as rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines. A back brace can provide stability while an injury heals.
For stronger relief from pain and inflammation, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid shots directly into the neck or back. In some cases, back surgery may be necessary to repair a spine condition. Physical therapy can help you build strength and prevent future problems.
Talk with your doctor at Dignity Health Southern California to learn more about your personalized treatment options.
Dignity Health offers comprehensive care to diagnose and treat all types of spine conditions and injuries in Southern California.