More than 80 percent of American adults experience back pain at some point during their lives. Back pain affects your entire outlook on life. It’s difficult to be active, almost impossible to get comfortable, and even harder to engage in the everyday activities most people take for granted.
Pain in your back can be the result of conditions that affect the vertebrae of your thoracic spine (upper back) and/or lumbar spine (lower back), the discs between the vertebra, and/or the ligaments, spinal cord, and nerves around the area.
Many people believe they simply have to live with back pain or are afraid they will have to have major surgery in order to relieve the pain. However, over the last few years, there have been numerous advancements in technology that make alleviating back pain less invasive than ever. Dr. Ani uses these advanced treatment options so your pain will be alleviated and you can start living your life again.
If you have neck pain, no one has to tell you how much it disrupts your entire life. Even everyday things cause excruciating pain.
Knowing what causes your pain won’t make it feel any better but understanding the source can help you start your journey to greater healing.
Although your cervical spine is very flexible, it is also at risk for injury from strong, sudden movements, such as whiplash-type injuries. This is due in part to the limited number of muscles located in the cervical area, combined with the fact the cervical spine has to support the weight of the head, which weighs an average of 10 – 13 pounds.
These factors, combined with the stressors placed on your neck through trauma or even just daily activities, places your cervical spine at risk for developing a number of painful conditions.
Spinal stenosis of the neck and back is usually a slow process that occurs over years and results in thickening of the ligaments, formation of bone spurs, and deterioration of the disc material. As a result, spinal stenosis reduces the space available for your nerves to travel through your spine, resulting in nerve compression. Spinal stenosis most often occurs in your lower spine and neck.
The nerve compression that results from spinal stenosis causes symptoms that can include pain as well as numbness and weakness in your arms, hands, legs, and feet. Spinal stenosis in your lumbar spine can cause sciatica. If left untreated, severe spinal stenosis can cause complications such as incontinence, poor balance, or paralysis.
A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery, gel-like cushions between the vertebrae of the spine. Disc herniation occurs when the interior “jelly” of the disc pushes through the tougher exterior and irritates nearby nerves, resulting in pain that ranges from mild to severe.
When a disc is herniated, it may bulge and the jelly-like interior can leak out through a tear, or the bulge may press against or pinch a nerve.