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Back and Neck Pain

Experiencing Back or Neck Pain?

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The pain of back and/or neck pain can be constant for some people, erratic for others. For many people, this pain results from a condition called Spondylosis. Spondylosis is a form of arthritis (osteoarthritis) that affects the spine in many ways. This condition is seen more frequently in persons over the age of forty.

Your spine is a powerful machine that works hard for you; over time you may experience the symptoms of spondylosis. We know that it is frustrating for you to have these symptoms and determine how to proceed. Spondylosis pain can range from mild to disabling and often creates a difficult start to your day with with stiffness and pain. As your day goes on, you are challenged with movement causing pain that makes it hard for you to perform the ordinary functions we all need to do throughout the course of a day.

What Is Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a form of arthritis (osteoarthritis) that affects the spine in many ways. Your spine is a powerful machine that works hard for you; over time you may experience the symptoms of spondylosis. For some people, this constant work by the spine begins to take its toll.

What Are The Causes of Back and Neck Pain?

There are multiple causes for back and neck pain due to spondylosis. The predominant cause is the process of aging. Over time, the wear and tear on your spine can begin to change the various structures that come together in your spine. Once this structural change begins, it can trigger other changes and problems leading to further change and degeneration.

Spondylosis can occur anywhere in the spine:

  • The cervical region (neck)with 7 vertebrae;
  • The thoracic region (middle of the back) with 12 vertebrae;
  • The lumbar region (low back) with 5 vertebrae;
  • The lowest region of the spine is the sacrum or coccyx, frequently called the tailbone.

In between all of your vertebrae are cushions called in-vertebral discs. These pads can change over time and lessen their ability to cushion vertebrae. They are subject to more problems over time and may bulge, slip or herniate. Bulging discs, slipped discs, and herniated discs are differing degrees of the same condition, with herniation being the worst.

The discs and vertebrae of your spine work together to provide a protective tunnel for your spinal cord and spinal nerves. It is these nerves that allow you to feel and move. On the back of your spine (posterior) are the facet joints and their function is also critical to movement and flexibility. When facet joints are affected by spondylosis, this is called osteoarthritis.

As a disc begins to degenerate, the disc thins and becomes spongy. Because of this, the space between vertebrae narrows. This can then impact the way your facet joints move and the protective cartilage that protects the facets starts to wear away. This allows the facet joints to move too much and once this hyper mobility begins, your spine tries to correct this by growing bone spurs. This growth of bone spurs can pinch nerves and narrow the space for the spinal cord. This condition is called spinal stenosis.

Why Do I Have Spondylosis?

For some people there is a genetic predisposition to spondylosis. There is also a lifestyle connection: smoking decreases the water in your discs. Sufficient water in your discs is essential to absorb movement. As a result, the inter-vertebral discs of smokers can wear out sooner.

Because our bodies age differently, some people will be spared the disease of spondylosis and its pain. Among those people who do develop spondylosis, depending upon where it occurs, it will not be as painful as it is for others. However, for those persons experiencing this pain, spondylosis is a serious condition requiring a thorough assessment and diagnosis.

The doctors at Tristate Multi-Specialty Medical Services PC are able to diagnose your condition and offer you options for treatment. This painful condition must not be ignored and our team of professionals shares your goal of a return to a healthy and active lifestyle.

An excellent treatment option for spondylosis is Epidural Steroid Treatments. Here at Tristate Multi-Specialty Medical Services PC we are equipped to take you through this process and help you move to a more pain-free way of living.The doctors at Tristate Multi-Specialty Medical Services PC believe that diagnosing your pain and its underlying cause with appropriate treatment is essential for you to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.