Experiencing one or more spine conditions often results in pain and other symptoms for some individuals. Some conditions become debilitating, affecting ability to perform normal daily activities. Multiple issues potentially affect the spine, with varying effects on each individual. 

Treating a variety of conditions, board certified spine specialists at Miami Spine Specialists offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments, providing exceptional patient care, along with individualized treatment plans.

How Common Is Back Pain?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) points out that 80 percent of adults experience at least some degree of back pain at some point during their lifetime. While some instances of back pain are designated as short-term or acute, many people in the United States experience long-term or chronic back pain. 

Several possibilities exist when attempting to determine the cause of back pain, neck pain or other symptoms affecting the spine. A spine specialist diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the spine.

Some Conditions Affecting The Spine

Although many conditions affect the spine, there are several that occur more often than others occur. One such diagnosis is spinal stenosis.

The degree of spinal stenosis varies from one person to the next individual. Medline Plus, a part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, explains that spinal stenosis usually occurs as a person ages. Other possible causes include certain bone diseases, slipped or herniated discs, injury to the spine or tumor. 

An individual with spinal stenosis has a narrowing of the spinal column, resulting in pressure on the spinal cord or narrowing of the openings where the spinal nerves exit the spinal cord, known as neural foramina.  Discs begin to bulge, ligaments or bones start to enlarge or thicken.

Degenerative disc disease, often referred to as spondylosis, is another condition affecting the spine. Age, lifestyle changes and genetic factors all contribute to degenerative disc disease. 

Cervical radiculopathy occurs in individuals experiencing inflammation, injury or compression to a spinal nerve root. That pressure often results in symptoms such as numbness or tingling that radiates to another area of the body. Pain is another symptom.      

Kyphosis is a condition that results in rounding of the upper back and in severe cases of kyphosis, the individual has a “Hunchback” appearance. While some people with the condition do not need extensive treatments, information from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reveals that for some individuals, kyphosis does require intervention and treatment.

 Treatment ranges from wearing a back brace to exercise or physical therapy to surgery to relieve complications such as significant deformity of the spine or breathing difficulties from the condition.

Miami Spine Specialists diagnoses these and other conditions affecting the spine. Contact Miami Spine Specialists to learn more about surgical and non-surgical treatments for your back and neck pain.