A painful vertebrae injury can sometimes seem as if it came out of nowhere. How many times have you heard of someone tweaking their neck lifting a heavy box or hurting their back doing something as simple as getting out of bed? It is an unfortunate reality of getting older that our spinal anatomy naturally begins to deteriorate, and whether we like it or not, we become more prone to injury – not to mention a measurable loss of flexibility and mobility. Yet, in spite of all of this, you don’t have to be resigned to live a life in pain, thanks to the availability of various proven pain-management techniques.
Types of injury
Typically, when someone speaks of a vertebrae injury, they’ve actually experienced damage to the support structures of the vertebra, rather than the bone itself. Intervertebral discs can become herniated, vertebral joints become stricken with osteoarthritis, and nerve roots become compressed—all of which frequently lead to painful symptoms in the neck and back. Some of the most common symptoms of vertebrae injury include:
- Chronic, localized pain at the source of the problem
- Pain that radiates along a compressed nerve throughout the body
- Unexpected muscle weakness
- Soreness, stiffness and general aching
- The sensation of tingling, or numbness in the extremities
- And more
Pain can come from a number of sources: some expected and avoidable, some not. For instance, a nagging sports injury or other vertebrae injury can obviously cause neck or back pain, but conditions like the formation of bone spurs or the onset of degenerative disc disease can gradually present, also leading to pain.
If you have neck or back pain due to vertebrae injury, visit your local physician to learn about the conservative treatment options available to you. In most cases, you’ll be able to manage your pain over time without surgery. However, if your pain persists, and you are considering more extensive treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about minimally invasive, outpatient spine procedures. Additionally, we are happy to answer your questions about vertebrae injury over the phone and also provide you with a review of your MRI or CT scan.