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Your spine protects some of the most essential organs to your functioning: your spinal cord and nerves. If you have a condition that affects your vertebrae, it can lead to pain and limited mobility that can impact your quality of life. The orthopedic specialists at Inspira work in tandem with our neurology team to get you on the right path to recovery from your spinal condition.

What are Spinal Conditions?

Spinal conditions can be caused by a number of different factors, including accidents or injuries, degenerative wear and tear, congenital or inherited disorders, and more. Degenerative spinal conditions—those that typically happen with age—include arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. Other spinal conditions include chronic back and neck pain, osteoporosis, vertebral and spinal fractures, scoliosis, and more.

What are Spinal Condition Symptoms?

Spinal condition symptoms depend on the cause and affected area of the spine—from the neck all the way down to the lower back. Symptoms may even affect different parts of your body. Depending on your condition, you might experience:

  • Sharp, dull or burning pain
  • Stiffness or tightness in the back
  • Uneven-looking or abnormally rounded shoulders or back
  • Weakness, numbness, tingling or radiating pain in the arms and/or legs
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bladder or bowel incontinence or dysfunction

How Are Spinal Conditions Diagnosed?

Orthopedic specialists work alongside neurologists to diagnose spinal conditions in a number of ways. Diagnostic tests may include a physical exam, a neurological exam, and imaging such as X-ray, computerized tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Depending on your symptoms and family health history, your health care provider may also recommend a biopsy or electromyography (EMG)—a test that measures your body’s response to electromagnetic stimuli.

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Spinal Condition Treatment Options

Spinal conditions are treated differently depending on the cause and symptoms.

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Our Approach to Spinal Conditions

At Inspira, we use multidisciplinary care to treat your spinal condition, whether it’s resulting from a sudden injury or a degenerative disease. Our orthopedic specialists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons work together to properly diagnose and treat your pain with advanced surgical techniques and minimally invasive procedures to help you recover faster with fewer complications.

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