Patient Education Videos
Where Back Pain Begins
Vertebral discs are the spinal column's shock absorbers. The discs
cushion the vertebral bones and allow the spine to twist and bend.
The spinal cord branches out to all parts of the body. The part of a nerve
that connects to the spinal cord is called a nerve root. If one of these
roots is injured or pinched, pain may be felt in the part of the body
served by that nerve.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs,
which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. The condition can
develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result
from injury to the back.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, which can be difficult to diagnose,
results in pain throughout the body and a feeling of exhaustion that can
last for months at a time.
Facet Joint Syndrome (Arthritis)
Arthritis is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize
the spine and limit excessive motion.
A herniated disc can push painfully against a nerve root, sending pain
down the sciatic nerve and resulting in a burning, tingling and/or numbing
sensation from the lower back down to one or both feet.
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
The nerve roots leaving the lower back serve the legs. When a lumbar root
is injured, pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling may be felt in the buttocks,
leg or foot. This pain is usually called sciatica.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial Pain Syndrome is caused by injury or damage to the fascia, the
soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles, organs, and other
structures inside the body. The syndrome causes chronic pain thoughout
the body, especially in the neck and jaw.
Pain management, also called pain medicine, is a type of specialized medical
care designed to minimize the impact of surgical pain or chronic pain.
Peripheral Neuralgia is a painful condition that results from damage to
the peripheral nervous system - the nerves that travel from the spinal
cord to the limbs and organs.
Post Laminectomy Syndrome
Post laminectomy syndrome, also called failed back syndrome, is a continuous
and chronic pain that can develop after certain types of back surgery.
In most cases, spinal infection is caused when an illness or infection
somewhere in the body is carried to a disc in the spinal column.
Spinal stenesis results from new bone and soft tissue growth on the vertebrae,
which reduces the space in the spinal canal.
In this condition, damage to bones or joints causes vertebrae to slip forward
and distort the spinal cord.