Spine Conditions

Spine Conditions

  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Cervicalgia (Neck Pain)
  • Thoracalgia (Midback pain)
  • Lumbalgia (Low Back Pain)

Neck Pain

Overview

Neck pain is also called cervicalgia. The condition is common and usually isn’t a reason to worry. Neck pain can happen for many reasons and can usually be remedied through simple lifestyle changes.

 

Symptoms

Cervicalgia is marked by a pain in the neck region, which can either be a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull, persistent pain.

The severity of the pain will vary depending on the extent of the injury, and most cases of cervicalgia only cause mild discomfort.

 

Treatment

The management of cervicalgia will vary depending on the cause. In the majority of cases, it can be treated at home.

Cervicalgia will typically go away within a couple of weeks. People should see a doctor if the pain lasts for longer than a few weeks, or immediately if the pain occurred as a direct result of an injury.

It is important to avoid any activities that may be causing a neck strain, such as cycling, and to rest the neck as much as possible. If the injury has occurred from poor posture, it is important to address this immediately and improve the posture.

Thoracalgia

Overview

Generally refers to pain in the sacroiliac joint region that is caused by abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint, either too much motion or too little motion. It typically results in inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, and can be debilitating.

 

Symptoms

There are several different symptoms that encompass middle back pain. Symptoms will depend on the cause of your pain. Some of the most common symptoms of mid back pain include:

  • muscle aches
  • dull pain
  • a burning sensation
  • sharp or stabbing pain
  • muscle tightness or stiffnes

 

Treatment

Treatment for middle back pain varies based on the cause of the pain. Because back pain is fairly common, most people first attempt to treat it at home using simple, inexpensive, and noninvasive treatment methods. If home remedies don’t help your symptoms, medical treatments or surgery may be required.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Overview

Generally refers to pain in the sacroiliac joint region that is caused by abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint, either too much motion or too little motion. It typically results in inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, and can be debilitating.

 

Symptoms

Common symptoms include lower back pain, buttocks pain, sciatic leg pain, groin pain, hip pain (for explanation of leg, groin, and hip pain, see referred pain), urinary frequency, and “transient numbness, prickling, or tingling.” Pain can range from dull aching to sharp and stabbing and increases with physical activity.

 

Treatment

Treatment is often dependent on the duration and severity of the pain and dysfunction. In the acute phase (first 1–2 weeks) for a mild sprain of the sacroiliac, it is typical for the patient to be prescribed rest, ice/heat, and physical therapy; anti-inflammatory medicine can also be helpful.