Spine pain can be located in the neck, in the thoracic region between your shoulder blades or in the low back.
SYMPTOMS OF SPINE PAIN INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Severe pain in the neck, between the shoulder blades or in the low back. It can be more on the right or left side or can be in the center of your back or neck.
- Pain that travels down the arm, into the chest wall or down one or both legs.
- Weakness, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs.
CAUSES FOR SPINE PAIN
- Disc herniation: There are 7 vertebral levels in your neck, 12 vertebral levels in your thoracic spine and five lumbar segments. Between each level there is a disc that can herniated or rupture. When this happens, it can cause pain in the spine and pain that travels down the arm, the leg or around the chest wall.
- Disc Degeneration: Over time, the discs in between the spine can wear out due to normal wear and tear or due to injury.
- Arthritis: There are small joints in the human spine called facets. The facets are located at each level and on each side of the spine. As a result, there are many areas where the spine can have arthritis, similar to arthritis in a knee or hip. These degenerative arthritic changes can be a part of normal aging, trauma or a long history of heavy lifting.
- Vertebral Compression Fracture: As we age, it is common to lose bone density. When the density of bone in your spine weakens too much, a vertebral compression fracture can occur. This can result in sudden back pain that is severe. This type of compression fracture can also occur with trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident.
HOW IS SPINE PAIN TREATED?
- Epidural Steroid Injections, facet injections or medial branch blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Spinal Cord Stimulation