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Spinal Disorders

Degenerative Spine - Causes & Symptoms

Degenerative Spine
The spine is a complex structure that naturally deteriorates as we age. Supporting our weight through our lifetime, the joints of the spine can deterioration at a faster rate than any other part of the body. Degenerative spinal conditions, including those involving discs, shouldn’t be taken lightly. Discs absorb shocks and prevent our vertebrae bones from grinding against each other. Any degeneration can compress and aggravate nerves causing pain and limiting mobility.

Some spinal conditions are not apparent until they cause other complications, delaying a proper diagnosis and treatment may lead to an increase in the severity of symptoms and the need for additional treatments.

Degenerative Spine Causes
Aging is the primary causes of degenerative spinal conditions. Every time we move pressure is placed upon our spine that leads to degeneration during the course of our lives. Many factors can also accelerate degenerative spine disorders, including:

• Osteoarthritis
• Osteoporosis
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Sudden acute injuries or trauma
• Infections
• Spinal stenosis
• Slipped, bulging or herniated discs
• Benign or malignant spinal tumors
• Cancer
• Smoking
• Alcohol
• Obesity
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Malnutrition / inadequate diet
• Degenerative disc diseases
• Strenuous, repetitive movements

Degenerative Spine Symptoms
Symptoms of a degenerating spine frequently include:
• Spinal deformities
• Limited mobility
• Stiffness
• Frequent / chronic aching back and/or neck
• Sharp, shooting or chronic pain occurring while moving or at rest
• Nerve damage
• Weakness in the limbs
• Numbness and loss of sensation
• Difficulty with in daily activities
• Pain or discomfort that appears with certain movements
• Neck pain
• Clumsiness or loss of coordination
• Foot drop, a sensation that your foot is slapping against the ground while walking
• Pins-and-needles sensations in the back or limb

This advertisement has been provided for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment or an actual diagnosis. If you are experiencing pain that may be associated with back or neck disorders you should seek the care of a doctor as soon as possible or immediately if your symptoms are accompanied by incontinence / loss of bladder or bowel control, as these may be signs of life threatening condition.

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