Pain in the vertebrae

Vertebrae problems can lead to pain and discomfort in the neck or back. Pain in the neck and back is not just uncomfortable — it can limit your ability to move, making it harder to work and go about your daily routine. If you are interested in learning more about the function of your vertebrae as well as the causes and treatments for any pain and discomfort you may be experiencing, read the following article.

How our vertebrae work

The spine is made up of individual bones (vertebra), beginning in the cervical spine (neck) and ending at the coccyx in the tailbone. These bones allow the spine to be flexible and mobile while also strong and stable. To stabilize the vertebrae, matching sets of facet joints exist on each vertebra, with one set facing upward and one set facing downward. This allows adjacent vertebrae to interlock together.

In order to ensure that the interlocking vertebrae don’t grind up against one another, discs exist between each bone in the neck and back. These discs act as shock absorbers and limit the stress placed on each segment of the spine. As we age, both the facet joints and the discs can deteriorate. This can lead to vertebra problems and pain, with nerve compression being the most common source of discomfort.

Causes of vertebrae pain

Some of the most common sources of vertebral deterioration and pain-related symptoms include:

  • Having the disc become ruptured or bulged, leading to the compression of a nerve root
  • Osteoarthritis presenting at the facet joints
  • Bone spurs
  • The narrowing of the spinal canal or another foramen
  • Traumatic injury

Treatment for vertebrae pain

If you are experiencing pain due to one of the above conditions, you can explore conservative treatment options with your doctor, including pain medications. Patients who are consistent with treatment for several weeks may find pain relief with these conservative treatment methods. However, if your pain persists after several months of conservative treatment, we invite you to explore the minimally invasive treatment options available at Laser Spine Institute.

Minimally invasive surgery for vertebrae pain

At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified+ surgeons have helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain each year, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dedicated solely to outpatient spine surgery, we offer a number of minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures to help you find relief from neck and back pain.

Our procedures are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery,^ offering you a number of benefits, including:

  • Outpatient procedures
  • Reduced risk of infection^
  • Reduced risk of complication^
  • Less surgical blood loss^
  • Muscles are separated instead of being cut or torn

If you are experiencing neck or back pain, our surgeons will always provide you with the highest level of comfort and care, including detailed post-surgery instructions. 88 percent of our decompression surgery patients return to daily activities within three months of having surgery, contributing to our patient satisfaction score of 98.^ Contact us to learn more about the advantages of our outpatient procedures.

We can offer a free MRI review* and see if you are a potential candidate for surgery at Laser Spine Institute.