Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine Conditions
The neck (cervical spine), mid-back (thoracic spine) and low back (lumbar spine) can be affected by a range of disorders and diseases, with many treatment options for each.
Low back pain does not discriminate. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, men and women between the ages of 30 and 50 are the group most affected by low back pain caused by aging or lack of exercise.
While the number of people suffering from lower back pain is high, an estimated 90% of patients with low back pain can improve the condition of their lower back without surgery. These patients obtain relief with conservative treatment options like exercise, physical therapy, steroid injections, and physician prescribed anti-inflammatory medications. However, if you are among the small percentage of individuals who do not experience relief from conservative treatment options, you may require surgery.
Neck injuries can occur during motor vehicle accidents or other traumatic events. Symptoms of these injuries include neck stiffness, shoulder or arm pain, headache, facial pain, and dizziness. Pain from a motor vehicle injury may be caused by tears in muscles or injuries to the joints between the vertebrae (facet joints). Other causes of pain are ligament rupture or damage to a disk. Treatment of these injuries consists of analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy.
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