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Why Are Spine Conditions So Serious?

Spine Structure

The spine acts as your body’s central support structure, supporting your weight while protecting your spinal cord. From walking and sitting to bending and twisting, your spine provides needed flexibility. But your spine is vulnerable to injury and other complex disorders.

Your spine comprises vertebral bones, intervertebral discs, spinal nerves and your spinal cord. All work seamlessly together to allow movement and other critical body functions. Your spinal cord, which is part of your central nervous system, acts as a highway of signals from your brain to your body and back again. If injuries or conditions impact your spinal column, you may experience pain and numbness beyond the damaged spinal area.

If you suffer chronic back pain in any part of your spine, consult a board certified spinal doctor. The spine specialists at Premier Brain & Spine in New York and New Jersey use advanced equipment and specialized skills to treat a wide range of spinal conditions and spinal cord injuries.

Do I Have a Spine Problem?

Spinal conditions are complex and varied. An early diagnosis often leads to successful treatment, so your doctor carries out extensive tests to determine the exact condition and cause. Symptoms of common spinal conditions include:

  • Spine deformities
  • A sharp, stabbing pain or a dull aching pain in your neck or lower back
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Neurological problems because of nerve damage
  • Pain radiating from your lower back to your buttocks or thighs
  • Stiffness or tightness in your back
  • Pain that increases with movement

Causes of spine conditions range from degeneration with old age to falls, sports injuries, auto accidents, poor posture and poor lifting techniques. Risk factors include family history, excess weight and certain occupations.

  • Vision disturbance
  • Confusion and drowsiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
  • Difficulty walking, speaking or understanding speech
  • Loss of consciousness

What Are Common Spinal Conditions?

Many spinal conditions cause pain. Your spine specialist identifies the source of your pain through advanced diagnostic tests. Spinal conditions include:

At the NJ and NY spine care centers of Premier Brain & Spine, spine specialists have the expertise to treat these and other spinal complications. Using the most advanced techniques and equipment, they offer treatments in-house, without having to visit a hospital.

What Procedures Treat Spinal Problems?

Spine Vertebral Column

The best spinal doctors use a multi-pronged approach to spinal treatment. Your spinal doctor may recommend conservative treatments before considering spine surgery. If the non-invasive approach doesn’t work, surgery may be necessary. Common treatments for spinal conditions include:

Updated on Jul 27, 2022 by Dr. David Wells-Roth (Neurosurgeon) of Premier Brain & Spine

Premier Brain & Spine
10 Parsonage Rd, Suite 208A
Edison, NJ 08837
(732) 258-0190