There are many types of injury to the spine which can include the neck and lower back.
Injuries to the neck will often cause symptoms of pain and numbness extending into the arms and hands as well as headaches.
Injury to the lower back will cause symptoms of pain and numbness extending into the legs and feet. When symptoms travel into the limbs, they are commonly called "radicular" in nature or radiculopathies. This can occur from trauma or from wear and tear on the spinal disc (such as a lot of bending and lifting).
Also arthritis can cause many spinal symptoms. When symptoms travel down the back and side of the leg, they are often diagnosed as "sciatica". Spinal Stenosis can cause similar symptoms.
A herniated disc occurs when the material inside of the disc protrudes through a tear (annular tear ) of the disc. It is when this material touches the surrounding nerves that pain will occur.
Arthritis produces bone spurs that can also contact the nerves and induce pain.
A bulging disc differs from a herniation because there is no tear nor leakage of disc material. However, the disc bulge can cause similar symptoms by contacting the surrounding nerves.
When surrounding nerves which travel down the spine are impinged, pain will radiate to the limbs and the surrounding muscles will contract in order to protect the area of injury. This is referred to as "muscle spasm". Treatment can include rest, use of heat or ice, physical therapy, medication and in extreme situations, surgery.
Spinal injuries are treated by Chiropractors, Neurologist and Orthopedic doctors. Each may have different avenues of approaching treatment.
It is important that your treating doctors note your symptoms as a part of your treatment record. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing.
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