Back and Neck Pain from the Spine
Did you know that spinal pain (back and neck pain) is the most common cause of disability worldwide and the second most common reason people go see a doctor? Most cases of back pain improve within weeks. Back pain can be caused by spinal abnormalities, injuries, arthritis and diseases that destroy the spine such as infection and cancers. However there are many other causes of back pain that has nothing to do with spine and discs such as kidney stones, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, and abdominal aneurysm.
If you suspect your back pain or neck pain is caused by spinal issues such as a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis, you should talk to a doctor to determine the cause. The first step will be analyzing all the symptoms of your back pain, and if there are any other associated symptoms you may have as well. An MRI focused on your spine can show you exactly what’s going on with your spine, and spinal discs to see if they are healthy or there is a problem causing pain for you.
MRI to Determine Back Pain Treatment
An MRI can also help determine whether or not pain treatment is the right path, or if spinal surgery should be a consideration. There are many types of spinal surgeries for treating the many spinal dysfunctions, such as laser spine surgery, spinal fusion, and laminectomy. Usually the goal of spinal surgery is to relieve pressure on your spinal cord nerves, which can become pinched and cause you that back or neck pain and tingling / numbness. In severe cases it can even cause weakness in the legs, making it difficult to walk.