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Spinal Conditions

Spinal Conditions and Treatment

Back and neck pain are the common symptoms caused by spinal disorders. Spinal disorders can be caused by trauma or a result of wear and tear over an extended period of time. In most cases back and neck pain can be treated by doctors or therapist using non-surgical treatment methods. Spine surgery is a last resort. Surgery of the spine is usually reserved for structural abnormalities that have not responded to conservative, non-surgical treatment methods such as physical therapy, medicines and injections.

Back and Spine Conditions

Arthritis – inflammation of the facet joints in the spine or sacroiliac joints between the spine and the pelvis. Common symptoms include stiffness and lower back pain. Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis are common types of arthritis that can affect the spine.

Chronic Back Pain – chronic back pain can be the result of numerous conditions mentioned on this page. While the most common chronic pain issues are disc related, chronic back pain can be the result of numerous conditions including a narrowing of the spine or vertebral fractures

Degenerative Scoliosis – Scoliosis is an an abnormal curvature of the spine. Adult Scoliosis normally occurs in adults over 65 with with a history of scoliosis. In most cases of scoliosis, conservative treatment methods are recommended. Examples of conservative treatments could include anti-inflammatory medications and exercises that increase back strength and posture. Surgery might be recommended if a patient has an excessive curvature or conservative treatments have failed to reduce pain.

Disc Herniation – Herniated disc are common causes of lower back pain and sciatica. Also referred to as slipped disc. This condition can occur with age or as a result of twisting or turning while lifting.

Degenerative Disc Disease – With age disc can show signs of wear and tear. A condition in which a damaged disc causes pain. Symptoms can include pain that that gets worse while sitting, bending, lifting or twisting.

Fractures – A fracture can occur anywhere along the spine. A spinal fracture or dislocation might pinch, compress or in some cases tear the spinal cord.

Kyphosis – Most forms of kyphosis do not require treatment. Most patients who have an abnormal kyphosis or rounding of the back benefit from physical therapy or in some cases a brace. Surgery may be recommended for patients suffering from severe symptoms.

Myelopathy – spinal cord injury caused by severe compression in the neck.

Osteoporosis – patients with osteoporosis have an increase risk of fractures. Patients with osteoporosis aren’t always aware they have this condition until they experience a fracture or break.

Radiculopathy – Nerve compression (pinched nerve) in the spine. Pain, tingling and numbness are common symptoms.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction – Common causes include arthritis and trauma. Lower back pain is a common symptom SI joint, but pain can also occur in the pelvis, hips and buttocks.

Spondylolisthesis – Slipped vertebra. Spondylolisthesis can be the result of physical stress on the spine, spinal degeneration or hereditary.

Spondylosis – Also referred to as spinal osteoarthritis. Spondylosis is chronic and degenerative condition. Conservative treatments for Spondylosis can include medication, physical therapy and injections.

Spinal Stenosis – narrowing or compression of the spinal canal. Stenosis may occur as the result of the degeneration of both the intervertebral discs and the facet joints. Conservative treatments methods for Stenosis can include anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy.

Whiplash – Neck collars, rest and exercise are commonly used to help a patient who has suffered from whiplash to manage pain and regain motion.

Back and Spine Treatment

The Interventional Spine Doctors and Spine Surgeons at Brooklyn Premier Orthopedics work together to treat spinal conditions that cause pain and stability issues. Over 85 percent of patients seeking treatment for back or neck disorders will benefit from conservative treatment methods like physical therapy, weight loss, medicine, injections and manual therapy.

If you are ready to see a doctor about a back or neck condition, contact Brooklyn Premier Orthopedics. Our team of Orthopedic Spine Specialist will work on evaluating the cause of your back or neck pain and determining the best treatment.

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