Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in your spine, and it compresses the spinal cord and nerve roots. This tightened space causes the spinal cord to become irritated, compressed, or pinched leading to back pain and other symptoms. Here are some keys to understanding the signs and symptoms of spinal stenosis.
A back spasm can hit you like a crack of lightning. It can be sudden, severe, and prevent normal movement. Unfortunately, it is quite common. Let’s find out why they happen and when to see a doctor for back spasms.
If you must have surgery, would you prefer one with more damage to your body or less? How about a surgery with more pain or less, a longer hospital stay or a shorter one, and a surgery with the possibility of multiple complications or one which delivers fewer complications? We think we know the answer. Fortunately, there are more and more surgical procedures available that offer a minimally invasive alternative. What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
We all have had occasions where we slept weird and then woke up with pains in our neck. Maybe we just overdid it during our last workout, and we were left with an ache in our neck. Most of the time these little bouts of neck pain resolve and go away within a day or two. When your neck continues to bother you after medications and rest, now might be when to see a spine specialist for neck pain.
Preparing to see any new doctor for the first time can be a bit stressful. You don’t know what to expect, whether you will feel comfortable with this new person, and what you need to bring and communicate. If your back and spine are the problem, you’re already in pain, so seeing a spine doctor should be as painless as possible.
Many things in our body change as we get older. Our hair turns gray, many of us lose our close up vision, and the discs in our spine begin to degenerate. Our spinal discs act as cushions or shock absorbers between the bones in our spine. This is known as DDD. We can dye our hair and get reading glasses, but can degenerative disc disease be reversed?
If you have chronic back pain, you more than likely have tried heating pads, cold treatments, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, but nothing really works for long. The back pain comes back just by moving a certain way. Maybe it’s time to find out: is my back pain spinal stenosis?
Scoliosis is a progressive spinal deformity, and it can affect multiple areas of the body if it is not treated in a timely manner. As with most conditions and medical issues, it is always best if it is treated as soon as possible to prevent any complications. It is especially true with this progressive condition.
Because the lower back, or lumbar part, of the spine supports the weight of the upper body and provides the mobility to bend and twist, it is very susceptible to injury and pain. Four out of five people will have lower back pain at some point in their lives. If you suffer from lumbar pain, there are signs that indicate when you should see a specialist.
Dr. Neil Shah joined TeaTime with Questcare to discuss minimally invasive surgery for neck/back issues and answer questions from viewers. Check out the full video on Questcare’s Facebook page.
For more information on minimally-invasive spine surgery or to schedule an appointment with a spine specialist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, contact Texas Spine Associates today. Give us a call at (972) 987-0969 or request an appointment through our secure online form.