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Symptoms of a Spinal Injury

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Spinal Injury Symptoms

If you are experiencing any type of pain in your back, neck, leg or arm, it may be a sign of a spinal condition. It can be very hard to determine if your spine is healthy on your own without an x-Ray machine or a trained professional to assess your condition.

Dr. Cronen is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions, diseases or deformities. He is widely recognized for his experience treating patients with a variety of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions – including the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.

Common spinal conditions, such as scoliosis, can be detected using many different signs and symptoms. These symptoms range from mild discomfort to severe pain or limited mobility in various parts of the body.

Due to the anatomy of the spine, people suffering from a spinal condition typically experience one of four main symptoms.

Back Pain

The back serves many important functions, including protecting the spinal cord and providing balance and mobility throughout the body. Pain in the back can be caused by heavy lifting, as well as trauma or spine disorders.

Other common causes of back pain include:

  • Strenuous physical activity
  • Poor sitting, standing or sleeping positioning
  • Carrying a heavy bag, purse, briefcase etc.
  • Sports injury
  • Slip or fall

Learn more about back pain symptoms.

Neck Pain

The neck, or cervical spine, is made up of seven vertebrae separated by intervertebral discs, spinal nerves and nerve roots. The intervertebral discs are an essential part of neck movement and functionality. Over time, these discs can become damaged or worn out, resulting in acute or chronic pain.

Neck pain can be caused by:

  • Everyday wear-and-tear
  • Genetics
  • Nerve damage
  • Degenerated disc in the spine

Learn more about neck pain symptoms.

Leg Pain

If you are suffering from pain in one or both legs, the cause may not actually be your leg – but damage to the lumbar spine, or lower back. Leg pain is commonly associated with the lower back because this part of the spine controls our movement in the extremities, including the legs and arms.

Some common causes of leg pain are:

  • Intervertebral disc damage
  • Bone spurs
  • Nerve damage
  • Sports injury, or slip/fall

Learn more about leg pain symptoms.

Arm Pain

Pain in the arm can stem from a number of different issues. Similar to leg pain, it’s common for arm pain to be brought on by damage to the neck, rather than the arm. When the neck, or cervical spine, is damaged, you may experience pain or discomfort in other areas, such as the extremities.

Other causes of arm pain include:

  • Intervertebral disc damage
  • Damage to the spinal cord
  • Genetics
  • Everyday wear-and-tear

Learn more about arm pain symptoms.

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