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The most common types of fractures affecting the low back are compression fractures which usually result from a fall. They can be diagnosed with an x-ray. With most compression fractures, bed rest, physical therapy and conservative medical care is effective. However, there is a small chance that the compression fracture could be caused by a secondary medical condition. Usually your physician will give you a thorough neurological and physical exam in order to rule out osteoporosis or malignancy.

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What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease refers to a syndrome in which a compromised disc causes low back pain, or neck pain. Lumbar degenerative disc disease usually starts with a torsional (twisting) injury to the lower back, such as when a person rotates to put something on a shelf or swinging a golf club. However, the pain is also frequently caused by simple wear and tear on the spine. Despite its rather dramatic label, degenerative disc disease is fairly common, and it is estimated that at least 30% of people aged 30-50 years old will have some degree of disc space degeneration, although not all will have pain or ever receive a formal diagnosis. In fact, after a patient reaches 60, some level of disc degeneration is deemed to be a normal finding, not the exception.

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What is Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas in your spine including the neck, and upper and lower back. This narrowing can put pressure on your spinal cord or on the nerves that branch out from the compressed areas.

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There are many different types of headaches, the most common being migraine, tension, and cluster. More than 70% of Americans will suffer headache pain severe enough to compel them to seek medical attention at some point during their lifetimes. A small but substantial minority of patients experience chronic daily or near daily headaches, which significantly impacts the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.

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Pain in the neck, shoulders, head or the base of the skull that occurs after a motor vehicle accident is often called “whiplash.” Most patients with whiplash recover in few weeks or at most, a few months, but 15-20% of people develop chronic pain. Whiplash is not a trivial problem, because once it has occurred; only 70% have recovered completely by one year and only 82% have recovered completely by two years.

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Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is a skin rash that can be very painful. It is a viral infection of the nerves, and the nerves affected by shingles can occasionally continue to cause severe pain after the shingles have cleared.

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Cancer pain takes many forms. It may be short-lived or long-lasting, mild or severe, or affect one or a few organs, bones or organ systems. Each patient’s pain is unique. Therefore, each patient must have a treatment plan that addresses his or her individual needs.

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Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms.

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Arachnoiditis describes a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the membranes that surround and protect the nerves of the spinal cord.

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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition. The key symptom of CRPS is continuous, intense pain out of proportion to the severity of the injury, which gets worse rather than better over time.

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Facet joint disease syndrome refers to pain that occurs in the facet joints. This syndrome most often affects the lower back and neck. Lumbar facet syndrome might cause referred pain to the buttocks and thigh. Facet syndrome in the neck might cause headaches or shoulder pain.

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Atypical Facial Pain (ATFP) is a syndrome encompassing a wide group of facial pain problems. ATFP can have many different causes but the symptoms are all similar. Facial pain, often described as burning, aching or cramping, occurs on one side of the face, often in the region of the trigeminal nerve and can extend into the upper neck or back of the scalp.

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Lumbar radiculopathy is chronic pain which occurs in the lower back and legs. It is caused by damage to the lower spine which causes compression of the nerve roots which exit the spine. The compression leads to tingling, numbness, and occasional shooting pains. A variety of conditions can lead to compression of the nerve roots, which means that there are several different approaches to the treatment and management of lumbar radiculopathy.

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For some people rib pain can become recurring and ongoing, and for these people the problem can be the source of great frustrations.

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Pain in the sacroiliac joint may be a result of a subluxation of the joint. This is a partial dislocation. The bones are slightly displaced, which stresses the ligaments that hold it together. It also puts pressure on the surrounding structures.

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Failed neck/back syndrome can be described as chronic, severe neck/back and/or arm/leg pain that occurs after neck/back surgery. Multiple factors can contribute to FBS, which can be extremely troubling and disabling.

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