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Common Symptoms of Spinal Disorders

Many conditions and injuries can affect the spine and there are many spinal cord disorder symptoms that can be recognized. You may experience pain, limited mobility, damage to vertebrae, and more.

In some cases, spinal disorders are incredibly painful and make living day-to-day life difficult. However, in other cases, the pain can be less intense and more of a nagging issue that decreases your quality of life. In either case, pinpointing the root of your issue can help determine which strategies and therapies can help improve the situation.

Here are just some of the symptoms that are commonly associated with spinal disorders. If you are experiencing any of these issues, speaking with an expert can be very helpful.

Arthritic Pain

Many forms of arthritis can result in back or neck pain. Arthritis is sometimes caused by general wear and tear, but it can also be caused by an infection, an autoimmune disorder, or various other conditions.

If you are experiencing chronic issues in your back (ones that don’t go away after a few days), you may be dealing with arthritis. This condition is difficult to diagnose on your own, so speaking with an expert is crucial.

Neck Weakness

Neck pain or weakness can be caused by many different ailments or diseases, and these issues are often associated with spinal disorders. Neck weakness can lead to instability, headaches, neck pain, and many other problems.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve is caused by pressure being applied to a nerve by surrounding bones, muscles, cartilage, or tendons. For instance, a herniated disc in the lower spine can put pressure on your nerve root. This will lead to pain in your back as well as the back of your legs.

Pinched nerves often result in numbness, weakness, tingling, or pain. If you are experiencing pinched nerve symptoms that don’t improve with rest and other self-care measures, talking to a specialist can help.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease occurs as the discs in your spinal cord wear down. This generally happens as people age. For many people, this wear and tear is natural and does not cause pain. However, some people experience pain, numbness, and other issues.

The most common symptom is dull, chronic pain that may be interrupted by instances of more severe pain. These issues can make life uncomfortable, and the pain may get worse when bending, twisting, or lifting.

Low Back Pain

Lower back pain is common and can be caused by many different conditions and situations. For some people, these pains are dull and achy, while other people might experience sudden sharp pain. In some cases, these pains are caused by certain activities (such as picking something up) or worsened by certain conditions (such as bending over or sitting in a certain position).

Pain in your lower back can be the result of a spinal disorder, disc problem, or structural problem in your spine. An expert can help diagnose your issue during a physical exam.

Getting Spinal Rehab and What It Means

The goal of spinal rehab is to reduce pain, increase range of motion, maximize function, and increase endurance. By treating the source of the problem, many of the symptoms caused by the issue can be alleviated.

Spinal rehab specialists start by doing a thorough examination and then use this information to formulate a customized therapy plan designed for your situation. There are many different techniques and strategies available.

Relieve Your Pain Today!

To find out how the team at Physiotherapy @ Woodbridge can help you improve your range of motion and alleviate pain and discomfort, please call us at 289-475-2147 or contact us online. With years of experience and advanced therapeutic techniques, we can work with you to get the best results possible.  

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