Spine Problems

The bones and discs that make up the human spine go through a natural aging process that sometimes can result in great discomfort, pain, and even disability. There are some things that you can do to help minimize your chances of ending up in such a situation, in the absence of an accident or injury. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line in Plano treat various types of orthopedic conditions including spine problems. Here is a look at 5 common age-related back problems as well as the available remedies.

1.Degenerative Disc Disease – Lumbar and Cervical

The spine comprises bones (vertebrae) that are stacked on top of each other. They are separated by discs. Overtime, the discs go through a natural aging process which may cause the discs to dehydrate and become more vulnerable in turn causing lower back pain, leg pain, or stiffness in the neck. Degenerative disc disease can occur in in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine.

Watch Here: Degenerative Disc Disease

Treatment

Non-operative

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections

Operative

  • Spinal Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement

2. Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and can be a result of the worsening of conditions such as disc degeneration and arthritis. Some of the common symptoms include lower back pain and acute pain in the leg especially when standing or walking.

Watch Video: Symptoms and Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis

Treatment

Non-operative

  • Exercise
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Physical therapy

Operative
Orthopedic spine surgeons in Plano may employ any one of the following surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis:

  • Spinal Fusion
  • Laminectomy or Decompression Surgery

3. Herniated Disc – Cervical and Lumbar

Herniated discs are a condition in which the inner substance of the spinal disc pushes out and pinches on the spinal nerves. This can occur in people of all ages and though it can occur in any part of the spine, it is most common in the neck and low back.

Watch Video: What is a herniated disc?

Treatment

See Here: Herniated Disc Treatment Options

Non-operative

  • Reduced activity
  • Physical therapy and exercise
  • Oral steroid medication
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Spinal injections

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Operative
If there is no marked improvement after a period of approximately 3 months, spine surgeons in Plano may opt for one of the surgical procedures below.

  • Microdiscectomy
  • Laminectomy/Discectomy

Wrap Up

Aging is a perfectly natural process, which is why it is one of the leading causes of back pain. Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center can help connect you to participating orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons specialized in treating spine problems. Call us today to discuss scheduling an appointment with one of the participating surgeons at 888 608 4762. You can also fill out our online appointment form and we will take it from there.

NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of THSOC.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3591827/<

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5395891/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266630.php

https://www.physio-pedia.com/Degenerative_Disc_Disease

https://www.everydayhealth.com/back-pain/link-between-aging-and-back-pain.aspx

http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/73/suppl_1/i34

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Treating_lumbar_spinal_stenosis