A painful vertebrae injury may seem as if it came out of nowhere. How many times have you heard of people tweaking their necks while lifting a heavy box or hurting their backs while doing something as simple as getting out of bed?
It is an unfortunate reality of getting older — our spinal anatomy naturally begins to weaken. Whether we like it or not, we become more prone to injury as well as loss of flexibility and mobility. But you don’t have to live a life in pain, thanks to many pain management techniques.
Types of injury
Typically, when someone speaks of a vertebral injury, they’ve actually experienced damage to the support structures of the vertebra, rather than the bone itself.
Spinal discs can become herniated, vertebral joints may develop osteoarthritis and nerve roots may 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
- Tingling or numbness in the extremities
- Sciatica and more
Pain can come from many different sources. Some causes may be expected and avoidable while others are not. For instance, a nagging sports injury or other vertebrae injury can cause neck or back pain, but conditions like bone spurs or degenerative disc disease can gradually develop, also leading to pain.
If you have neck or back pain due to vertebrae injury, visit your physician to learn about the conservative treatment options available to you. You may be able to manage your pain without surgery by using medication, physical therapy, exercise or other nonsurgical treatments.
If your pain persists and you are considering surgical treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally spine surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and help treat spine conditions that cause vertebrae injuries. These minimally invasive surgeries are a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. Let us help you take the next step toward pain relief.