Why You Need Spine Surgery

Neck Pain

As with pain in the lower back, neck pain is also common. When pressure is placed on a nerve in the neck, it causes pain in the muscles between your neck and shoulder (trapezius muscles). The pain may shoot down the arm. The pain may also cause headaches in the back of the head. Other symptoms include:

  • Weakness in one arm
  • Tingling (a "pins-and-needles" sensation) or numbness in one arm.
  • Burning pain in the shoulders, neck or arm. 
Lower Back Pain

Low back pain affects four out of five people. The most common symptom of a herniated disk is sciatica - a sharp, often shooting, pain that extends from the buttocks down the back on one leg. It is caused by pressure on the spinal nerve. Other symptoms include:

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Tingling (a "pins-and-needles" sensation) or numbness in one leg or buttock.
  • Weakness in one leg.
    • Significant weakness in both legs could indicate a serious problem and you should seek immediate attention.
Degenerative changes may also lead to abnormal motion between the vertebrae (instability). Degenerative changes in the lower back can lead to forward slippage of one vertebra on another, a painful condition called spondylolisthesis.

When conservative measures fail to relieve pain your physician may recommend surgery.


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