As amazing and powerful as the spine is, many spine conditions – injury, disease and aging – can have a profound effect on how well your spine does its job. Believe it or not, many times, that damage causes no real trouble at all, just minor scratches or dents on an otherwise amazing piece of equipment. But there are times when that damage can cause serious issues leading to a range of symptoms from uncomfortable numbness to debilitating pain.
There are a variety of spine conditions that affect how the spine affects the body. The spine is a miracle of evolution designed to support the body and protect the spinal cord. It’s comprised of bones called vertebrae that are separated by cushion-like discs. This all held together in strict alignment by a complex network of muscles and nerves.