How injuries can affect the vertebrae

A painful injury affecting the vertebrae or other parts of the spinal column may seem as if it came out of nowhere. It is an avoidable part of the aging process that our spinal anatomy naturally begins to weaken. Over time everyone becomes more prone to injury as well as loss of flexibility and mobility. However, the good news is that there are many effective treatment options available if an injury or degenerative condition affecting the spine does develop.

Types of conditions and related symptoms

In many cases when a person refers to a vertebral injury, it is actually damage to the anatomy that helps to support the vertebrae rather than the vertebral body itself. Spinal discs can become herniated, vertebral joints may develop osteoarthritis and bone spurs can develop, all of which frequently lead to painful symptoms in the neck and back as a result of spinal nerve compression.

Some of the most common symptoms of a degenerative spine condition or 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

Pain can come from many different sources. Some causes may be expected and avoidable while others are not. For instance, a sports injury can cause neck or back pain due to a strain or sprain, but conditions like bone spurs or degenerative disc disease can gradually develop, also leading to symptoms.

Treatment for degenerative spine condition

If you have neck or back pain you believe is due to injury to the vertebrae, spinal discs or joints, visit your doctor for a diagnosis and to learn about the conservative treatment options available to you. In many cases, symptoms can be managed without the need for spine surgery by following a course of treatment that includes medication, physical therapy, exercise, spinal injections or lifestyle adjustments like quitting smoking or losing weight.

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 are common sources of neck or back pain. These minimally invasive surgeries are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back procedures, offering our patients a streamlined experience and less risk of complication.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a free MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.