HealthSpine believes in making the right diagnosis before making the right treatment plan.
There are many different conditions that may be causing your pain. Your condition may be nerve-related and you may be diagnosed with Sciatica, Radiculitis (Radiculopathy) or a Pinched Nerve. Any of these conditions can cause significant discomfort due to the anatomy of your spine and the role of the nerves coming from your spinal cord.
Your spinal cord has branches of nerves that reach different areas of your body. The area where the spinal cord actually connects to a nerve is called the nerve root. If a nerve root becomes damaged or “pinched”, you may feel pain. You may also feel weakness, numbness or tingling in the areas of the body connected to these nerves. Numerous conditions such as a herniated disc, a bulging disc, a disc tear, degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis can cause these nerve-related conditions.
A common condition is Sciatica, also called Lumbar Radiculopathy, which refers to the feeling of pain, numbness or tingling due to irritation or compression of the nerve roots in the lower back. People suffering from Sciatica usually experience pain in their lower back and possibly down their legs.
Radiculitis refers to nerve irritation or compression and the symptoms (e.g. pain, numbness, weakness, tingling) that result in the nerve paths associated with the nerves coming from the spinal cord. Patients suffering from Radiculitis may experience pain in their neck or back as well as in the areas served by the nerves that may be getting compressed or irritated.
A common term used in describing back pain is a Pinched Nerve. The nerves of the spine can get compressed or “pinched” due to a number of factors including a bulging disc or a herniated disc. Bone spurs that form on the vertebral bodies of the spine can also cause a Pinched Nerve. Spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal, can also compress or pinch the nerves exiting the spinal canal. All of these can cause symptoms such as pain, weakness, numbing and tingling.
HealthSpine will help in making the correct diagnosis so the right treatment plan can be developed for you. Please visit our Patient Education page to learn more about common conditions that may be causing your pain along with some of the treatment options that HealthSpine offers. You can also contact us to speak to one of our patient coordinators.