This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. This condition can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result from injury to the back.
The spinal column contains open spaces that create passageways for the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of (or an intrusion into) these openings. This can cause a compression of the nerves. Spinal stenosis most commonly affects the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine.
If you have back or neck pain that doesn't go away, you may have osteoarthritis of the spine. Ostheoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. For many of us, it develops slowly as we age. And it can keep you from being as active as you like.
As you get older, your bones may get weaker. This is called "osteoporosis". Weak bones are more likely to break. Osteoporosis can be a problem for anyone, but it is more common in women.
A herniated disc is a common injury that can affect any part of the spine. A herniated disc can cause severe pain and other problems in the arms or legs.
This form of cancer develops in or near the spinal cord of within the vertebrae. It can spread through multiple levels of the spine. It can lead to a wide range of serious complications.