Pain associated with a spinal condition ultimately comes as a result of pressure, pinching or compression of the spinal cord or one of the many spinal nerve roots. This pain can vary in severity and type, but it often shows up as radiating back pain that travels along the nerves into the extremities.
Radiating back pain and the nervous system
The spinal nerve roots are the initial portions of nerves as they exit the spinal cord. Every impulse that the brain sends will travel through the spinal cord, along a spinal nerve root and finally to the specific nerve to which it was sent; likewise, messages sent to the brain follow the reverse sequence. Thus, the function of the nerves is not unlike that of power or communications cables: electricity or data originates on one end, travels the length of a cable to its destination and then does the job it was sent to do. Traveling back pain is one of many symptoms that something is interfering with this normal process.
Causes of radiating back pain
Many conditions can lead to an impinged nerve root, such as the following:
- Fractured vertebrae
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Foraminal stenosis
Many spine conditions heal readily under a diligent, non-invasive treatment regimen. A small proportion of patients, however, will not experience satisfactory improvement. For those patients, a physician may recommend surgery as a more permanent option for back relief.
Treatment for radicular pain
This is the mission of Laser Spine Institute: providing minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open back surgeries. Our expert team of surgeons has performed tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures to alleviate radiating back pain and other issues, helping their patients find relief from back pain without the risks and trauma of traditional open spine surgery. For more information on how we can help you, contact Laser Spine Institute.