Each segment of your spine—cervical, thoracic, and lumbar—is important to the well-being of your spine as a whole. Repetitive or acute injuries, degenerative conditions, or bone changes that come with age can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue.
Spine conditions can cause pain when they put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, and they can also limit movement.
At MultiCare Spine Services, we work closely with you to pinpoint the source of your pain and develop a treatment program that works best for you. Using the latest technology, our team of highly trained spine and pain management specialists can expertly diagnose conditions of the spine.
Learn about some of the conditions we treat here:
Back pain—including acute, which typically occurs after a fall, injury, or heavy lifting; and chronic, which persists for three months or longer.
Compression fractures—commonly seen in patients with osteoporosis, compression fractures occur when the front of the vertebra breaks and loses height but the back portion doesn't. This condition is often associated with pain and may lead to progressive height loss and kyphosis if untreated.
Deformity—unnatural curvature of the spine, usually occurring as scoliosis (side-to-side curvature) or kyphosis (front-to-back curvature).
Degenerative disk disease—a degenerated disc in the spine, one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain.
Fractures—damage to spinal bones as the result of high-impact trauma or bone loss caused by osteoporosis, tumors, or other underlying conditions.
Herniated disc—also called a slipped or ruptured disc, occurring when a disc bulges or breaks open and sometimes puts pressure on surrounding nerves.
Neck pain—commonly results from strain or tension caused by everyday activities, such as routinely sleeping, working, or watching TV in an uncomfortable position. Other, more serious possible causes include sprains, fractures, and spinal stenosis.
Neuropathy—sharp or burning pain, or persistent numbness, tingling, or weakness, that travels into the arms, hands, legs, or feet as the result of a spine disorder.
Osteoporosis—a bone condition in which deterioration of bone tissue reduces bone strength, making bones fragile. Osteoporosis makes the wrists, hips, spine, and other parts of the skeleton vulnerable to fractures. Falls in people with osteoporosis can lead to serious health consequences.
Sciatica—occurs when there is damage to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which causes nerve pain. The sciatic nerve starts in the low back and runs down the back or side of the leg.
Spinal infection—a rare infection involving the intervertebral disc space, the vertebral bones, the spinal canal, or adjacent soft tissues. Generally, infections are bacterial and spread to the spine through the bloodstream.
Spinal stenosis—a form of spinal degeneration that leads to nerve root or spinal cord pinching.
Spinal tumors—a growth that develops within the spinal column, either the vertebrae (bone) or spinal cord. They might be malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous).
Spondylolisthesis—when facet joints degenerate enough that they become mechanically ineffective, causing one vertebral body to slip forward on another.
Spondylolysis—a crack in the vertebra (bone) in the lumbar spine (lower spine). Spondylolysis is typically the result of a stress fracture. Spondylolysis is more common among athletes that must hyperextend their lower backs, such as gymnasts, weight lifters or football linemen. If the stress fracture weakens the bone significantly, it can slip forward causing spondylolisthesis.Trauma—damage to the spine column involving the vertebrae, ligaments, or spinal cord as the result of a high-energy impact such as a sports accident or fall.
Take our Neck and Back Pain Assessment to help you rate your pain and learn about what steps you should take next to start feeling better.
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