Spine Pain Location

What the location of spine pain may indicate

Location, Location, Location

The location of your spine pain and type of symptoms you experience can give you a good clue as to what may be causing your spine problem. In this brief article, we will explore several factors that should help come up with a few potential causes based on where you have pain and what type of symptoms you are experiencing. The following is not a complete list of all potential diagnoses but instead a grouping of possible conditions considered in the evaluation of your pain and symptoms.

WHERE IS YOUR SPINE PAIN?

Cervical Neck Pain in Oklahoma

Neck with associated rear headaches

  • Cervical facet arthritis
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cervical instability
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Whiplash associated disease

Neck without spreading into arms

  • Cervical facet arthritis
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Cervical spondylolisthesis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Neck with pain radiating into arms/hands

  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical spondylolisthesis
  • Shoulder disease (i.e., rotator cuff)

Mid-back without pain extending into the ribcage

  • Thoracic facet arthritis
  • Thoracic degenerative disc disease
  • Thoracic spondylosis
  • Thoracic spinal stenosis
  • Thoracic scoliosis

Mid-back with pain radiating into the ribcage

  • Thoracic radiculopathy
  • Thoracic spinal stenosis
  • Thoracic spondylosis
  • Thoracic degenerative disc disease
  • Thoracic spondylolisthesis
  • Post-thoracotomy syndrome

Low back without pain extending into the lower body

  • Lumbosacral facet arthritis
  • Lumbar degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spondylosis
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
  • Sacroiliac joint disease/inflammation
  • Disc annulus tear
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Adjacent segment disease
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Muscle strain

Low back with pain extending into the legs/feet

  • Lumbosacral radiculopathy
  • Lumbar degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Adjacent segment disease
  • Back pain with peripheral neuropathy

WHAT ARE YOUR SPINE SYMPTOMS?

Sensitive skin over the legs or arms

  • Early spinal nerve root compression
  • Peripheral nerve compression (ie, carpal tunnel)
  • Other neurologic disorder (i.e., shingles)

Pain radiating into the legs or arms

  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease

Pain in the small of your back

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint pain/inflammation
  • Back muscle strain

Sciatica and Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment in Oklahoma

Pain in the sciatic nerve area (sciatica)

  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac joint pain/inflammation
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease

Headaches at the rear base of the neck

  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Cervical instability

Weakness of the arms or legs

  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease

Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs

  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Peripheral nerve compression (i.e., carpal tunnel)
  • Other neurologic disorder

Pain with sitting for an extended period

  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac joint pain/inflammation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Spondylosis

Low Back Pain with Sitting in Oklahoma

Pain with standing for an extended period

  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac joint pain/inflammation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylosis
  • Hip arthritis

Pain with bending or leaning forward

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spondylosis

Pain with bending or leaning backward

  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis

Pain with coughing, sneezing, or bowel movement

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal disc injury
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Other neurologic conditions

Loss of bowel or bladder control

  • Severe spinal cord compression
  • Severe spinal stenosis
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Failed back surgery syndrome

Clumsiness of extremities or frequent falls

  • Spinal nerve root compression
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Spine Pain Location Summary

The spine is very complex and involves many different structures that can contribute to pain and symptoms. As with any musculoskeletal condition, it is essential to see a specialist medical doctor for a thorough evaluation. Following your comprehensive workup, your accurate diagnosis can be made, and an effective treatment plan can begin. At Orthobiogen, we offer the most advanced surgery-free spine and joint treatment in Oklahoma. We look forward to the opportunity to help you get back to the active lifestyle you deserve.

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