One of the most common medical complaints we hear today is back pain. This is not surprising, given the role that the spine plays in everyday life. Both strong and flexible, it is a part of virtually every move you make.
From the top of the neck to the base of the spine, the constant pressure placed on your vertebrae often leads to degeneration over time. This can include bone growth which impinges on nerves, damage to the cushioning discs between each vertebrae and even fractures of the vertebrae themselves.
Degeneration is not the only cause of back pain, however. Acute injuries, such as those sustained in a vehicle accident or during an athletic event, can affect even the healthiest spine. In addition, congenital disorders can also cause pain and other problems.
There are a variety of symptoms you might experience as a result of a back injury or disorder. These include:
Numbness or tingling
- Sharp, shooting pains in the back, arms or legs
- A dull ache
- Weakness in your legs or feet
- Muscle tightness and/or spasms
Whether you have just begun to experience pain in your spine or have been dealing with it for years, the spine experts at St. Vincent Healthcare can help. The physicians in our Spine Program include neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine experts. They will work with you to determine the underlying cause of the pain or other symptoms you are feeling and find the right course of treatment for you.