The center of a human body is the spine. It stabilizes the trunk, enables an upright posture and protects the internal organs. Especially in motor movements, the spine is a crucial support for the spinal cord and the continuous nerve fibers. Here, the spine plays the role of protector and encases our important spinal cord to protect it from possible damage. Often, a pinched nerve is enough here to feel a tingling sensation, numbness, or a restriction of movement.
Pain and discomfort in the spine are the most common health problems that can limit us in our daily lives. The connection of more than 24 vertebrae and 23 intervertebral discs allows the spine to move flexibly. If a nerve becomes pinched or damaged, discomfort and pain can quickly develop. At a young age, conservative methods are sufficient to release possible entrapments and to start everyday life again without restrictions. However, with increasing age, other causes of pain can become apparent. One of the most common complaints and pain triggers is osteoarthritis. This can occur within the spine due to wear and tear or when the intervertebral disc ruptures.
If you experience discomfort or pain, the first step is to visit your primary care physician.
Please describe the exact problem to your doctor and try to alleviate or solve the cause together using conservative methods. If conservative methods are not effective or do not resolve the cause, you should discuss possible solutions with the physician involved. If the only remaining solution is spinal surgery, do not let this deter you. Spinal surgery is a routine procedure and can be performed without major complications in this day and age and with today’s assistive devices. For certain indications, a rod-screw system is then used.
Note: Please always consult a specialist before undergoing any procedure and seek a second opinion if necessary.