Spine pain can have many causes and can range from mildly uncomfortable to debilitating. When you have spine pain, you should consult with your doctor who may refer you to a spine surgeon or to a physical therapist with expertise in spine care.
The spine professionals at North Kansas City Hospital are experienced in spine care and are ready to serve you.
What Causes Spine Pain?
The spine is a column of small bones, called vertebrae, that run along the center of your back. The vertebrae support your trunk and upper body and protect the nerves that connect the brain to the rest of your body. This bundle of nerves is called the spinal cord. An abnormal function of the vertebrae, disks, ligaments, muscles, and nerves coming out of the spine may cause pain. And because the spine is the center of neural structures and movement, spinal pain and dysfunction can affect many parts of the body and be life altering.
Symptoms of Spine Conditions
Symptoms involving your spine and spinal structures can include:
- Numbness/tingling into upper or lower extremities
- Heaviness of a limb
- Loss of reflexes
- Decreased sensation
- Clumsiness and decreased balance
Contact your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms.
Treatment for Spine Conditions
The first step in treating a spine condition is a thorough examination by your doctor or a specialist who can diagnose and refer you to the appropriate professionals.
The trained rehabilitation staff at North Kansas City Hospital can provide you with a customized treatment plan once your condition has been diagnosed. We work closely with primary doctors, pain management specialists, neurosurgeons and orthopedists to treat you in coordination with your doctor’s care. Our staff provides a thorough evaluation followed by a treatment program specifically tailored for you based on your doctor’s recommendations and our clinical experience and research.
Treatment options available include:
- Therapeutic exercise
- Manual techniques/mobilization
- Pain therapy including myofascial release
- Aquatic therapy
- Mechanical traction
- Electrical stimulation, TENS, ultrasound
Herniated nucleus pulposus is a condition in which part or all of the soft, gelatinous central portion of an intervertebral disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk, resulting in back pain and nerve root irritation.
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For more information on spine rehabilitation services at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1795.