Vertebrae problems can lead to pain and other symptoms 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.
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, intervertebral discs exist between each bone in the neck and back. These soft, spongy 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 intervertebral discs can deteriorate. This can lead to vertebra problems and pain, with nerve compression being the most common source of discomfort.
Causes of vertebra pain
Some of the most common sources of vertebrae deterioration and pain-related symptoms include:
- Having the intervertebral 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 other foramen
- Traumatic injury
Treatment for vertebra pain
If you are experiencing pain due to one of the above conditions, you can explore conservative treatment options with your doctor, including pain relief 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 vertebra pain
At Laser Spine Institute our surgeons successfully perform more minimally invasive spine surgeries each month than any other spine surgery provider in the world, setting us apart as the leader in this field. 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
- 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 patients return to daily activities within three months of having surgery. Call a member of our Care Team today for your MRI review and to see if you are a candidate for surgery at Laser Spine Institute.