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Spine Conditions We Treat

The team at Penrose-St. Francis Total Joint and Spine Care treat patients suffering from various spinal ailments and diseases. These conditions often present themselves in the back and neck. Our spine surgeons are experts in their field with 100% of the surgeons being board certified or board eligible in neurosurgery or orthopedics. The most common spinal conditions we treat are:

  • Conditions of the Spine in Colorado SpringsArm or leg pain related to back or neck conditions
  • Cervical spine disorders
  • Coccydynia - Coccydynia is a condition which causes pain in the coccyx or “tailbone” region of the bottom of the spine.
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD) - Degenerative disc disease is a gradual wearing process on the spine and is considered a natural part of aging.  The soft, cushion material between the bones can become stiff and rigid and may cause pain in the area of the neck or back. 
  • Herniated/slipped disc -  A herniated disc occurs when the soft, cushion material between the bones bulges or ruptures.  This bulging may press on a nerve and cause pain or numbness.  A herniated disc can occur suddenly or happen over time. 
  • Kyphosis - Your mid-back region (thoracic spine) is supposed to curve outwards, and this is called a kyphotic curve.  If you develop too much of a curve you may have an abnormal kyphosis. This abnormal kyphosis can round your upper back and give you a “hunchback or humpback” appearance. 
  • Lumbar spine disorders
  • Muscle spasms/strains
  • Myelopathy - Myelopathy is a term that means there is a disturbance or change in the spinal cord.
  • Neck and back pain
  • Osteoarthritis - Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage located around your joints breaks down. 
  • Osteoporosis - Osteoporosis is a condition where there is a  loss of bone density and the bone becomes thin. 
  • Piriformis syndrome - Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle becomes tight or spasms and then puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.  Pain usually occurs in the buttock region and travels down the leg. 
  • Sacral Iliac (SI) joint pain - The sacral iliac joint is located below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone.  This joint is small, has limited motion and acts as a shock absorber.  Problems with the sacral iliac joint may cause low back and leg pain.
  • Sciatica/leg pain - Sciatica is a term used to describe symptoms.  Typically the person has pain shooting down the leg and may also have numbness and tingling of that leg.  “Sciatic pain” can be caused by a number of conditions. 
  • Scoliosis - Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways in the body. 
  • Spinal fractures - A spinal fracture is a break in the bone of your spine. Some causes of a spinal fracture are trauma, such as a fall, car accident, etc or a medical condition such as osteoporosis.  This type of fracture can be severe since the fracture may cause harm to your spinal cord. 
  • Spinal stenosis - Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spine.  Since your spinal cord and nerves run through the spine, this narrowing puts pressure on them.
  • Spine trauma
  • Spondylolysis   Spondylolysis is a degeneration process of the spine that is  considered a natural part of aging.  This degeneration may impact the neck (cervical), upper back (thoracic) and/or lower back (lumbar) of the spine. 
  • Spondylolisthesis - Spondlolisthesis is a condition which occurs when one bone (vertebra) in your spine moves out of the proper position onto the bone underneath it.  Spondylolisthesis can occur in your neck and/or back. 
  • Sprains/strains
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Whiplash/headaches
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