Category Archives: Spinal Conditions

Things That Increase the Risk for Sciatica

Sciatica can start with something as minor as occasional dull or mild pain in one leg or on one side of the body. However, some of the three million or so Americans affected by this nerve-related condition may experience numbness, tingling sensations, and local or radiating pain that’s more disruptive. The nerve’s length, which runs […]

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How to Determine If You’ve Developed Sciatica

One of the most common reasons for nerve pain that’s felt elsewhere is irritation of the sciatic nerve. The longest single nerve in the body, it runs from the lower back into the legs and branches off. However, not all radiating pain felt in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, hips, or legs can be blamed […]

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3 Most Common Kinds of Disc Herniation

Spinal (intervertebral) discs make it possible for the backbone to support daily movements. These natural “shock absorbers” consist of a solid outer shell called an annulus and a softer inner portion referred to as a nucleus. If a disc’s outer shell becomes weak due to age-related changes or damage, inner material can shift or push […]

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What Causes Spinal Headaches & How Do You Treat Them?

Each year, nearly 50 million Americans complain of headaches, but only about 8 million end up seeing a doctor because, most of the time, sudden pain in the head that radiates to the neck or other nearby areas is a temporary inconvenience. However, if it’s a recurring issue, it’s time to find out why. A […]

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An Overview of Symptomatic Cervical Disc Disease

As is the case with back pain, neck-related discomfort is often temporary. For those times when it’s not, it may be due to symptomatic cervical disc disease (SCDD), a general term used to describe local or radiating neck pain felt in the shoulders and arms caused by worn or damaged discs. While more common in […]

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Can Spine Issues Cause Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sense of spinning dizziness or a feeling like you’re about to lose your balance, and it’s associated with a wide range of conditions. While usually linked to inner ear infections, vertigo may also be caused by issues with the spine because of the way the nerves within the backbone connect with the […]

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An Overview of Neurogenic Claudication

Pain, cramping, tingling sensations, and general weakness in the lower extremities that contributes to difficulty walking are among the common symptoms associated with neurogenic claudication, a condition often associated with a narrowing of the lower spine, also referred to as lumbar spinal stenosis. Restriction of the spinal canal may be further affected by existing herniated […]

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An Overview of Arachnoiditis

Made up of collagen and elastic fibers, the arachnoid is a membrane that protects spinal cord nerves. When this membrane becomes inflamed, it’s known as arachnoiditis, an often-painful condition typically characterized by burning and stinging sensations. Some patients also experience related neurological issues. Arachnoiditis is an incurable condition. However, symptoms can be effectively managed for […]

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Important Details Regarding Scoliosis in Children

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that typically develops during the growth period occurring just prior to puberty. While the condition can develop later in life due to injury or a related spinal irregularity, it’s more common in children. Nearly 30,000 surgeries are performed on adolescents each year in the United States because […]

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Diagnosing & Treating Hyperlordosis

The spine is naturally curved to support body weight more efficiently. However, an excessive inward curvature of the lower spine called hyperlordosis can limit movement or contribute to back pain and stiffness. Also referred to as swayback or saddleback, hyperlordosis can affect anyone, although it’s rarely seen in children. Usually identified when an individual has […]

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