Category Archives: Spinal Conditions

Symptoms of a Bulging or Slipped Disc

Spinal discs are designed to be spongy enough to cushion the backbone yet strong enough to endure the burden of daily movements. Still, these discs can be damaged by age-related wear or injury to the point where inner disc material pushes outward or the disc itself slips out of place. However, not all symptoms associated […]

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What Are the Consequences of Not Treating Spinal Stenosis?

Narrowing of the spinal canal, known as spinal stenosis, tends to progress over time, which is why some people who have had this condition with little or no discomfort for many years sometimes begin to develop disruptive symptoms later in life. If you have spinal stenosis, treatment will depend on what part of the spine […]

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5 Ways to Slow the Progression of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a progressive narrowing of the spine that can cause little or no discomfort for many years. Over time, age-related changes affecting the spine may contribute to increasingly noticeable symptoms such as numbness, tingling sensations, and general weakness extending to arms, legs, or other extremities. Some people with spinal stenosis also have difficulty […]

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5 Warning Signs of Issues with Spinal Nerves

Twenty of the spine’s 31 pairs of nerves are in the mid-back and neck region. Ten pairs are within the lower back area and the very end of the spine (sacrum), and the last set of nerves is in the tailbone (coccygeal nerves). However, all it takes is for one single nerve in any area […]

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4 Common Risk Factors for Spinal Tumors in Children

Thankfully, spinal tumors are a rare occurrence. When abnormal growths do develop, early detection increases the odds of successful treatment. In adults, risk factors for this type of cancer typically include smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, body weight, and lifestyle habits. With children, these long-term contributing factors usually don’t apply or aren’t as impactful. However, there […]

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What Are the Causes & Symptoms of Foraminal Stenosis?

Each level of the spine has bony, hollow archways on either side of each vertebra, referred to as foramina. Two nerve roots run through these openings. If one of these passageways for spinal nerve roots narrows, it’s a condition called spinal foraminal stenosis, also referred to as foraminal narrowing. If the space needed for nerve […]

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Diagnosis & Treatment for Vertebral Osteomyelitis

One of the many remarkable things about the human spine is its resilience. However, it’s an entirely different ballgame if an infection like vertebral osteomyelitis gets into your backbone. Vertebral osteomyelitis a rare type of infection that often develops when bacteria gets into the spine through veins in the lower back (Batson’s plexus) that connect […]

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How Is Spinal Tendonitis Treated?

Made of collagen, tendons are durable connective tissues that play a role in keeping bones and muscles together. In the spine, these strong, fibrous tissues are similar to springs in mattresses because they support weight. They also facilitate movements involving flexing, extending, and stretching. If these fibrous, flexible tissues become inflamed due to injury, overuse, […]

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What Are Levoscoliosis & Dextroscoliosis

About 3 million new cases of scoliosis are diagnosed each year in the United States, often just prior to puberty in children 10 to 12 years old. Affecting about 2-3 percent of the population, scoliosis is characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine that’s been linked to chronic pain during the adult years. Considered […]

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