Spinal surgery is generally used to correct anatomical issues that cause pain symptoms in the neck/arm or back/leg areas. Patients often do well following these surgeries, but some continue to experience persistent pain despite satisfactory healing of the surgical site. This condition is called post-laminectomy syndrome or failed back surgery syndrome.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a relatively rare type of chronic pain that usually impacts an arm or leg. The cause of the pain isn’t currently fully understood, but it often develops after a serious event like injury, surgery, stroke, or heart attack. While there is no cure for the syndrome, a combination of...
Nerves in the neck that become pinched or irritated can cause symptoms of pain, weakness, or numbness that radiate into the chest or arms. In cases where cervical radiculopathy does not correct on its own, a movement-restricting collar, physical therapy, medication, or surgery could make improvements.
It is nerve irritation caused by damage to the discs between the vertebrae. Damage to the disc occurs because of degeneration of the outer ring of the disc or because of traumatic injury. As the result, the central softer portion of the disc can herniate through the outer ring of the disc and abut the...
Spinal stenosis refers to the spaces within your spine becoming narrowed, which can put undue pressure on the nerves travelling down the spine.
Sciatica is back pain originating from issues with the sciatic nerve. This large nerve extends from the lower back down through the back of each of your legs. When there is excessive pressure or an injury in this area, it can cause pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and leg.
Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that facilitate smooth movement of muscle over bone as you move. Bursitis is a painful condition where these sacs become inflamed. Common treatments for bursitis include rest, icing joints, elevating the afflicted body part, and pain relievers. However, if symptoms become severe, further medical intervention may be required.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle and skeletal pain throughout the body. Other symptoms can include fatigue and problems with sleep, memory, and mood. The initial trigger for the disorder may be a physical trauma, surgery, infection, or severe psychological distress. But there isn’t always a clear cause, sometimes symptoms gradually appear with no...
A condition that affects the smooth discs between the bones of the spine. Although treatment is not always necessary, options include medication, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.
Facet joint disease (sometimes called facet joint syndrome or osteoarthritis) paint in joints between the vertebrae in your spine; the joints that allow your back to move and twist. Facet joint disease can be a result of aging, excessive pressure on the facet joints, or injury. Treatment can include medication, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.