Most people who experience back pain go to their general practitioner, get prescribed stretches or medication, and that’s that. However, if the pain persists or you feel like something isn’t right, spine centers will yield the best results for alleviating your pain. Spine centers aren’t just for surgery – it is a term used to describe a facility that solely focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions in the back or neck. While sometimes surgery is the best option, most cases can be cured with physical therapy, medication, or bracing. As a spine center in New Jersey who specializes in a nonsurgical approach, we specialize in treating the following conditions:
Back strain – an injury to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that keep your spine in place. Symptoms include pain that worsens with movement, cramping or spasms, and limited range of motion.
Bone spur – an abnormal bone growth. While they aren’t dangerous, bone spurs result in inflammation and limited functioning in the spine’s ligaments, discs, tendons, and nerves. Symptoms include backache, pain, numbness, weakness, and radiating pain to extremities.
Degenerative disc – when the intervertebral discs lose flexibility. The outer layer of the disc can tear, resulting in the inner layer bulging, leaking, or breaking. This causes low backache; pain, numbness, or weakness throughout body, radiating pain, loss of bladder or bowel control, muscle pain, muscle spasms, or loss of range of motion.
Herniated disc – when there’s damage to an intervertebral disc. It is also referred to as a ruptured disc, slipped disc, or sciatica. Symptoms include low backache; pain, numbness, or weakness throughout body, radiating pain, loss of bladder or bowel control, muscle pain, muscle spasms, or loss of range of motion.
Kyphosis – an abnormal curving of the spine. It causes a bowing or rounding of the back, causing a hunchback or slouched posture. It is caused by chronic slouching, imbalances in hamstrings or hip flexors, or degenerative diseases. Fatigue, back pain, hunchback, difficulty breathing, and spine tenderness or stiffness.
Lordosis – an abnormal inward curving of the spine. There are many causes, including achondroplasia, spondylolisthesis, discitis, osteoporosis, obesity, or kyphosis. Symptoms are inward spine curvature, pronounced buttocks, fatigue, back pain, decreased range of motion, and spine tenderness or stiffness.
Neck strain – an injury to the neck’s soft tissue, such as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that keep the bones in place. Symptoms include neck ache, muscle pain, muscle spasms, and loss of range of motion.
Scoliosis – an abnormal curving of the spine, most often in an “S” or “C” shape. There are three main types, and symptoms can occur at any age. Uneven spine curvature, low back pain, fatigue related to standing, and uneven hips or shoulders are all symptoms.
Spinal tumor – an abnormal growth of cells in or around the spinal cord or nerves. Oftentimes, these tumors affect functioning of the blood vessels, vertebrae, meninges, nerve roots, and spinal cord. If left untreated, it causes permanent damage. Symptoms include back pain, pain and numbness in the legs, cold extremities, loss of bladder or bowel control, muscle spasms or weakness, neurological problems, and paralysis.
Spondylosis – the medical term for spinal arthritis. It is caused by genetics and aging, most often occurring in patients over 60. Back stiffness, pain, numbness, weakness, radiating pain in extremities, muscle pain or spasms, and loss of range of motion.
Spondylolisthesis – when the vertebrae slips out of place. It can be a result of a birth defect, trauma, degenerative diseases, bone diseases, or fractures. Common symptoms include low back ache, pain, muscle spasms, and loss of range of motion.
Spondylolysis – a stress fracture between the weak point of two vertebrae. It is most often found in athletes, adults, and seniors and is the result of overuse, repetitive stress, or genetics. Low backache, pain at the fracture, muscle pain or spasms, and loss of range of motion.
The good news is if you see a specialist at a spine center in New Jersey, surgery won’t be the first choice to treat your ailment. It’s a last resort, not a first thought. Instead, a spine physician will look at every option and create a treatment plan specifically for your needs. If you would like to make an appointment at Coastal Spine, we have several spine centers in New Jersey, including Mount Laurel, Sewell, Galloway, and Toms River. Call 856-222-4444 or click here to book your appointment now.