About conditions of the spine or back 

Degeneration of the spine   

Age, injury, posture or diseases can lead to degeneration of the joints and bones of the neck, causing disc herniation, bone spurs, blood vessel destruction or vertebral injury. These can cause a narrowing of the spinal canal and the small openings where nerve roots exit.

Symptoms of this narrowing, or impingement, include:

  • Neck and/or arm pain
  • Numbness or weakness in both hands
  • Difficulty with walking
  • Spasms of the leg muscles
  • Loss of coordination
  • Chronic back pain

Various approaches may be taken to treat degenerative conditions of the spine or chronic back pain, depending on a patient’s health history:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication 
  • Nerve block injections
  • Surgical repair