Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs that cushion the spine begin to dry and wear out, causing pain and reducing mobility. There are some surgeries that can provide pain relief and help you return to normal function. What is Degenerative Disc Disease? Degenerative disc disease is a spine condition in which intervertebral discs—discs between…

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Spondylolisthesis is a spinal problem most often diagnosed after a patient complains of lower back pain. When one of the vertebrae in the spine slips out of place, it crushes or pushes on the vertebra beneath it, resulting in pain and, in some cases, limited movement. This is usually the result of overextension of the…

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Chronic neck pain is common, particularly in the aging population. Often, it isn’t easy to treat until you know what causes it. This condition makes it difficult to participate in any number of activities, including everything from using a computer to participating in sports. Neck pain is often accompanied by stiffness or tension that makes…

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Sciatica results from sciatic nerve compression, leading to pain that radiates down the leg from the base of the spine through the hips and buttocks. Sciatica can be caused by a bone spur, osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing in the spinal column that may compress the nerve. Other causes…

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What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a deterioration of vertebrae that causes narrowing of the openings of the spinal column. Over time, this puts pressure on the nerves inside the spinal column. In most cases, individuals develop spinal stenosis in either the neck (called cervical stenosis) or the lower back (called lumbar stenosis). What…

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