Spine Problems

November 26th, 2018 by LOC Team

There are many problems that affect the spine. While we are going to try and include all of these spine problems in this article, we may miss out the less common spine problems as there is a lot to get through. If you think you have one of the spine problems discussed in this article, please get in touch. We can diagnose your spine problem and create a tailored treatment plan for you and your lifestyle and help you with your back pain.

Common spine problems

Abnormal curvature

Abnormal curvatures of the spine, like scoliosis, put extra pressure on the discs in your spine and the vertebrae. These curvatures can be a twist, hump or side-to-side curve. Conditions like scoliosis typically occur in childhood, but they can develop in adults too. Most of the time, abnormal curvatures of the spine aren't too painful, but they can affect your life greatly with a loss of mobility and movement.

Herniated discs

Herniated discs occur when the harder, outer shell of the disc tears and the softer inner part of the disc squeezes out through the gap. A herniated disc isn’t painful, but the inner part of the disc that has squeezed out can push on the nerves in your spine. When this occurs, herniated discs become a painful problem. Herniated discs are one of the spine problems that cause sciatica because they press on the nerves and this sends shooting pains down your leg.

Bulging discs

If the outer wall of the discs in your spine weakens, which can happen with age, after an injury or disease, this may cause the disc to bulge out. This bulge isn’t painful, but it can press on the nerves in your spine which is incredibly painful. Bulging discs can cause conditions like sciatica.

Fractures

Spinal fractures can be caused by repetitive stresses, injuries or conditions like osteoporosis. Conditions like osteoporosis can cause cracks and breaks in your spinal bones because it makes the bones brittle and weak.

Stenosis

This is a narrowing of the spinal canal. If this narrowing occurs, it can press on the nerves in your spine and your spinal cord. Like many of the spine problems in this article, stenosis isn’t painful by itself. It is only when the nerves are put under pressure that pain can start and the pain can be unbearable. 

Nerve problems

Every spine problem mentioned above can cause nerve problems in the spine. As we said, most of the conditions above are not painful by themselves. It is only when something starts pressing on the nerves in your spine that these conditions become a big problem. In fact, most of the time, you’ll only know you have a spine problem when it starts pressing on the nerves in your spine. Nerve problems cause weakness, pain and numbness throughout your body.

As we said above, if you have any of the spine problems mentioned in this article, please get in touch. We’ll be happy to help with your back pain.