Coastal Spine is a highly specialized, nonsurgical back pain treatment center. Our back and neck pain physicians offer relief for patients who experience back and neck pain for the first time and patients who have tried other types of treatment unsuccessfully. There are a variety of conditions that contribute to back and neck pain.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition where the bone of the vertebra in the spine slips out of position.
Spondylosis (Spinal Arthritis)
Spondylosis is the medical term for spinal arthritis. Spondylosis can result from several different causes, but aging is a leading factor. As we grow older, the discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae of the spine deteriorate. This causes the space between the bones of the neck and back to narrow, which can put pressure on nerve roots. Spondylosis is most often found in patients over 60 years old.
Spondylolysis is a stress fracture between the weak point of two vertebrae found in adolescent athletes, adults and seniors.
A spinal tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in or around the spinal cord or spinal nerves. These tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine, often resulting in back pain. While all spines curve slightly, those affected by scoliosis are bent into a “C” or “S” shape. Scoliosis often appears in childhood, though it can present in infants, and it affects women more often than it affects men. Scoliosis can also occur in adulthood, often because of degenerative disc disease.
Neck strain is an injury to the soft tissue of your neck, specifically the muscles, tendons and ligaments that keep the bones of your neck in place. If any of these soft tissues are injured, your neck can move out of place, causing neck pain.
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Lordosis is the abnormal inward curving of the spine that leads to a shape called “swayback.” In children, the condition is sometimes called benign juvenile lordosis, which means it is a temporary condition that fixes itself as the child grows.
Kyphosis is the abnormal curving of the spine that leads to a bowing or rounding or the back, leading to a hunchback or what appears to be a permanently slouched posture. Kyphosis in adolescents can also be called Scheuermann’s disease. In these cases, bones of the spine become wedged together.
Your spine is made up of bones called vertebrae that are not fused together. They are separated by spongy, flat cylinders called intervertebral discs. These discs are what allow your spine to bend while also acting as shock absorbers. A herniated disc is one that has been damaged. This condition is sometimes referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc.
As you age, your discs age, too. They lose fluid, which means they aren’t as flexible or as shock absorbent anymore. This also means they shrink, putting your actual spinal bones (vertebrae) closer together. This natural aging process is called degenerative disc disease (even though it is not a disease-related condition).
A bone spur is an abnormal bone growth. In the spine, they occur on the vertebrae. Despite what the name implies, the spurs are rarely sharp. They are not threatening, but they can cause inflammation and interfere with the function of other parts in the spine, like ligaments, discs, tendons and nerves. A bone spur is also referred to as an osteophyte.
Back strain is an injury to the soft tissue of your back, specifically the muscles, tendons and ligaments that keep your spine in place. If any of these soft tissues are injured, your spine can move out of place, causing pain.