What’s Causing My Pain?
Your comfort and well-being are important to us. Helping our patients find relief is what motivates us to stay on the cutting edge of the field. Since every spinal condition has a unique set of causes, triggers, and symptoms, the information given on this website can only act as a guide to get you started on your path to health.
The conditions that can affect your back are limitless. Sometimes you may be experiencing back pain because of a combination of factors and conditions. This is important to remember as you continue reading on this site. A diagnosis can only be made by a physician. Our clinic uses a comprehensive approach to assess and diagnose your condition with methods that may include tests such as x-rays and MRIs.
A normal, healthy disc cartilage primarily consists of water and protein, giving the disc a “white” appearance. With aging, however, much of the water in the cartilage is lost, causing the disc to become dehydrated or desiccated and giving it… Read More
Sometimes referred to as slipped, ruptured or bulging disc, a herniated disc occurs when the jelly-like center, or nucleus, of your vertebrae pushes against the outer ring of the vertebrae causing back pain, numbness, or weakness in one or both… Read More
Joint osteoarthritis results from excessive wear and tear on the normally slippery cartilage in joints over time. Without the protective cartilage, pain, stiffness and swelling ensue in the affected joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and has… Read More
Myelopathy is compression of the spinal cord by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal cord), resulting in pinching of the spinal cord in the cervical or thoracic spinal regions. This can cause weakness, numbness, pain (radiculopathy),… Read More
Neurogenic or spinal claudication is the impairment in walking caused by the narrowing of the nerve root canal (or spinal stenosis). Neurogenic claudication causes pain, cramping, discomfort, or weakness in the legs during walking. Symptoms are alleviated at rest or… Read More
Post Laminectomy Syndrome or Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is a condition in which pain continues after spinal surgery, in the form of a fusion, laminectomy or discectomy. Symptoms include the same pain as before the surgery, dull aches and pains… Read More
The sacroiliac joint (SI joint) is located in the pelvis; it links the iliac bones (pelvis) to the sacrum (lowest part of the spine above the tailbone). It is an essential component for shock absorption to prevent impact forces from… Read More
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine often beginning in childhood. Symptoms of scoliosis include one shoulder or shoulder blade protruding more than the other, unevenness of the rib cage, waist, hips or legs. Scoliosis can have developmental, degenerative… Read More
Spinal stenosis occurs when one or more areas of the spine narrow and put pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This compression can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the extremities. Spinal stenosis can be caused by arthritis,… Read More
Spondylolisthesis occurs when one of the bones in your spine slips forward. It may occur anywhere in the spine but most commonly occurs in the lower back. The two most common types of spondylolisthesis are degenerative spondylolisthesis and lytic spondylolisthesis.