Common Causes and Symptoms of Spinal Disorders

Many patients who visit our Camden spine center need help with back pain and other issues stemming from spinal disorders. These conditions appear either as a result of a sudden trauma or over time, due to overexertion and specific risk factors.

We will discuss the causes, symptoms, and risk factors of these disorders. We will also explain how our doctors can help you resolve these health problems or minimize their negative impact on your life.

Contact us today to book an appointment at any of our seven locations in South Carolina.

What Are the Most Common Spinal Disorders?

Injuries to the spine and spinal cord are classified depending on their nature. Doctors recognize three groups of such conditions.

1. Degenerative Spine Conditions

These conditions appear with age, as a result of the natural wear and tear of the spine. This is the part of our body that keeps us upright and bearing our weight. As a result, over decades of standing, walking, running, and sitting, the elements of the spine (vertebrae and the discs between them) get worn down.

As a result, people develop various degenerative conditions of the spine, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Kyphosis.

2. Spine Problems Triggered by Other Conditions

Spinal conditions may appear as a result of other health issues. At our Camden spine center, we have evaluated patients suffering from chronic back pain and various other symptoms related to:

In some cases, we will refer the patients to other specialists, if the treatment of their spinal problems involves major surgery or oncologic therapies.

3. Spinal Conditions Caused by Trauma

These conditions can happen at any point in a person’s life. They are the result of:

  • Car accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • Falls.

These incidents usually cause:

  • Crushed vertebrae
  • Spine fractures
  • Bulging disc.

back pain is often caused by spine disorders

Risk Factors of Spinal Conditions

Spinal conditions can be caused by constant overuse, by a sudden accident or they can be congenital (existing since birth). However, our doctors know that there are many other factors that can lead to the development of these conditions.

They are:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a poor posture while working at the desk
  • Improper technique for lifting heavy weights
  • Excessive overuse due to exercise of work activities
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor diet, with a low calcium intake.

As part of the personalized treatment plan our doctors will create for you, we will include advice and support to help minimize these risk factors or reduce them. This may involve recommendations to adopt a healthier diet and a more active lifestyle.

The Most Frequent Symptoms of Spinal Disorders

Most of the patients who schedule an appointment with us are complaining of back pain. The pain can be acute or chronic (constant, over a period of time) and located in the upper, middle, or lower back.

However, spinal conditions have many other debilitating symptoms, such as:

  • Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
  • Pain radiating in the arms and legs
  • Bladder of bowel dysfunction
  • Uneven gait – one hip or shoulder higher than the other
  • Back stiffness of tightness.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Spine Disorders

During the initial appointment at our treatment center, you will undergo a physical examination. Next, the doctor will ask about your personal and family medical history.

Finally, the doctor will order several diagnostic tests to have a clear view of the condition:

  • X-ray
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Computer tomography (CT) scan.

Based on the findings, we will recommend the best minimally invasive treatment for your condition. Here are just a few of the types of treatments available at our center:

Our goal is to help you recover in an effective and safe manner, by choosing treatments with very few contraindications and side effects.

Schedule an Appointment at Our Camden Spine Center!

If you suffer from back pain or other symptoms discussed here, you should consider scheduling an evaluation appointment with one of the doctors at Carolina Spine & Pain Center. We combine the latest technology with extensive experience and a friendly bedside manner to help our patients feel comfortable during treatments and make a full recovery.

Do not delay seeking medical care for your spinal condition, because it may get worse over time. Call us now at 864-535-0144 to book an appointment at our Camden spine center or one of our other South Carolina locations!