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What are the most common spine injuries?

The spine is a complex structure that is susceptible to injury from a variety of causes, including trauma, degenerative conditions, and congenital disorders. Some of the most common spinal injuries include:

  1. Herniated Discs: A herniated disc occurs when the inner gel-like substance of a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the outer layer, causing pain and other symptoms.

  2. Degenerative Disc Disease: This condition occurs as a result of wear and tear on the spinal discs over time, causing them to lose their cushioning ability and leading to pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility.

  3. Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

  4. Compression Fractures: Compression fractures are caused by a collapse of the vertebral body and are commonly seen in individuals with osteoporosis or spinal tumors.

  5. Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries can be caused by trauma, disease, or degenerative conditions, and can result in paralysis, loss of sensation, and other serious complications.

  6. Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that can cause pain, reduced mobility, and other symptoms.

  7. Radiculopathy: Radiculopathy is a condition that occurs when a spinal nerve is compressed or irritated, leading to pain, numbness, and other symptoms in the arms or legs.

  8. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Lumbar spinal stenosis is a specific type of spinal stenosis that affects the lower back and can cause pain, weakness, and difficulty with walking.

Treatment for spinal injuries can vary depending on the type and severity of the injury, but may include physical therapy, medications, bracing, or surgery. It is important to work closely with the experts at Austin Neurosurgeons to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.


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