Radiculopathy

How painful is radiculopathy and is it a spinal condition that always requires surgery? Radiculopathy, while a fairly common condition, may not be a term with which most people are familiar. Using the less technical “pinched nerve” or “sciatica” terms are far more likely to ring a bell. Other times the diagnosis might otherwise be…

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Spinal Stenosis: Signs and Symptoms

Is there a way to tell if I am developing spinal stenosis? If you haven’t reached the period in life where the first thing you are asked when you mention an ache or a pain is “how old are you, now?”, then just wait for it. If you are fortunate enough to live into your…

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Spinal Compression Fractures and Osteoporosis

Is it true that someone can have a spinal compression fracture and not be aware of it at all?    Our spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae, which are bones that provide support for the body and facilitate movement. The spinal column also houses and protects the spinal cord, the mechanism through which the brain…

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How Does Paget’s Disease Affect the Spine?

Is Paget’s disease related to spinal stenosis? It is quite possible that you have never heard of Paget’s disease, but, in fact, only osteoporosis is a more common type of bone disease. Although the number may be higher due to the fact that many people with Paget’s disease do not experience symptoms or may believe…

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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

What causes degenerative disc disease? Congratulations! You have degenerative disc disease! This may not be a pronouncement that makes you feel like throwing yourself a party, but it does mean that you have managed to survive long enough to experience this condition. Degeneration of the discs that make up the spinal column is just another…

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Spinal Stenosis and Bladder Issues

Can back conditions like stenosis cause problems like incontinence and urinary urgency? Absent some sort of trauma, when someone starts developing back pain or numbness or tingling sensations in their lower limbs, lumbar spinal stenosis is one of the first things their physician will look for. Stenosis of the spine is the result of a…

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