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Back Pain in Children

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome, or “horse’s tail” in Latin, is a rare disease targeting the nerve roots in the lumbar (lower) spinal cord. Given its seriousness, CES may require immediate medical attention. Learn More.

Cervical Fracture

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Spondylosis

Congenital Torticollis (Twisted Neck)

Fracture of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Herniated Disk

A herniated disk, also known as a “slipped,” “torn,” or “ruptured” disk, often results when we attempt to lift something. Please note that although the pain and discomfort can seem unbearable, a herniated disk is actually one of the most common conditions affecting your neck, back, arms, and legs. Learn More.

Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine

While the spine is somewhat rounded naturally, problems arise when this curvature becomes abnormal. This can cause “round-back,” also known as kyphosis of the spine or hunchback. Learn More.

Low Back Pain

According to the National Institute of Health, low back pain, or lumbago, impacts an estimated 80% of the entire population. Although each individual has his or her own threshold for pain, low back pain can negatively impact your life. Fortunately there are ways to deal with, and even overcome, low back pain. At The Spine Center, our experienced team of medical specialists is trained to treat a variety of back and spinal conditions and offer back pain management. Learn More.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Like various parts of our bodies, the spine changes through the years. As time passes, the spinal canal gradually narrows and a condition known as lumbar spinal stenosis may develop. Learn More.

Neck Pain

Neck pain can develop as a result of various causes including long hours of working or studying, physical activities, accidents and injuries, stress or sickness. Learn More.

Sciatica

Sciatica is a very common condition, especially in men and women between the ages of 30 and 50. The pain usually starts in the lower back or hips and then radiates into the back of the thighs and can spread down into the legs with the possibility of affecting the feet. Learn More.

Spinal Cord Compression

Despite a proper diet and exercise routine, you can’t escape the effects of aging, especially when it comes to spinal health. One of the more common conditions is spinal cord compression or cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). This condition occurs as a result of the natural narrowing of the spinal canal. While some narrowing is normal, increased narrowing may compress the spinal cord causing a serious threat to general health. Learn More.

Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

When back pain severely interferes with normal life, the cause may be either Spondylolysis or Spondylolisthesis. Although they may sound similar, one is actually a more advanced version of the other. These conditions are caused by the spinal bones (vertebrae) moving out of their proper alignment, often resulting from a fracture. Learn More.

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Exploring Spinal Structure and Function

The spine is comprised of three segments containing bones known as “vertebrae” which actually form the natural curves. These three segments are:

  • Cervical spine – this segment runs from the skull’s base to the upper chest and includes seven vertebrae
  • Thoracic spine – this segment runs from the upper chest to the middle back and connect to the rib cage and includes twelve vertebrae
  • Lumbar spine – this segment is located in the lower back and supports much of the body’s weight and includes five larger vertebrae.

The spinal cord connects the brain to the peripheral nervous system and functions as the body’s main information highway as it runs through each vertebra. Muscles and ligaments connected to the spine, providing vital support, stability, and strength. Additionally, the vertebral column houses small joints called “facet joints” which enable movement. While facet joints allow spinal rotation, these joints are a target for arthritis and neck and lower back pain.

Located between each vertebra are flat, round intervertebral disks that provide flexibility and strength and enable movement while strengthening the spine. Intervetebral disks act as a spinal shock absorber.  Should these intervertebral disks become damaged, serious injuries can occur.

The following pages outline the most common types of injuries, other medical conditions and related symptoms and treatment options. Spine Health Institute works with each individual patient to effectively diagnose the problem and the best course of treatment.  For additional information regarding back and spinal conditions, contact Spine Health Institute at 866.986.7497.