AMG Pain Management treats many conditions originating in the spinal cord that cause back and other types of pain. We provide comprehensive chronic pain evaluations to determine what condition is causing your pain so we can develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a rare, chronic condition that typically affects the arm or leg. Infrequently the disease can affect other parts of the body. Those with CRPS may feel intense aching or burning pain as well as swelling, altered temperature, skin discoloration, abnormal sweating and hypersensitivity in the affected area.
The process of degeneration of the intervertebral disc causes many of the problems in the spine. All daily activities once you stand upright begin to test the spine’s ability to support your body weight. These repetitive daily stresses and minor injuries can add up over time and begin to affect the discs in your spine. In fact, minor injuries to the disc can happen and may not cause pain at the time of the injury.
Just like the hip and knee, the facet joints in the spine can also become arthritic and painful, developing into a source of back pain. The pain and discomfort caused by degeneration and arthritis of this part of the spine is called facet arthropathy, which simply means a disease or abnormality of the facet joints.
A herniated disc, also called a “slipped”, “ruptured” or “torn” disc, can cause back pain, leg pain, or weakness of the lower extremity muscles. A herniated disc occurs when the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebrae is pushed outside its normal position. If the protruding disc presses on a spinal nerve, the pain may spread to the area of the body that is served by that nerve.
Spinal Stenosis refers to the narrowing of spaces in the vertebral column. Individual vertebrae connect in several places creating holes and canals through which nerves and the spinal cord pass. With spinal stenosis pressure is exerted on the nervous tissue that passes through these openings. Because nervous tissue is designed to provide sensation, the resulting pressure causes pain.
A stress fracture in one of the vertebrae is the most common X-ray identified cause of low back pain in adolescent athletes. The medical term for this condition is called spondylolysis (spon-dee-low-lye-sis). It typically affects the fifth lumbar vertebra in the lower back, and less frequently, the fourth lumbar vertebra.
Spondylosis also known as spinal osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that may cause loss of normal spinal structure and function. Aging is the primary cause, but the location and rate of degeneration is individual. The degenerative process of spondylosis may affect the cervical, thoracic, and/or lumbar regions of the spine impacting the intervertebral discs and facet joints.