What You Should Know About Common Spinal Conditions

Are you suffering from chronic back pain? Back pain can be the result of any number of causes, including injury, pregnancy, infection or other health conditions, and even sleep position. However, oftentimes, chronic back pain is the result of one of several common spinal conditions.

Facet joint osteoarthritis — A gradual breakdown of the cartilage between the joints in the spine. This breakdown causes friction between the joints, which results in pain and stiffness. Facet joint osteoarthritis can also result in compression of nerves, another common cause of back pain.

Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

Spinal stenosis — A condition in which the spinal canal or neural passageways narrow, placing pressure on nerves in the spine. Spinal stenosis is a gradual result of aging and wear and tear on your back and spine.


Degenerative disc disorder — A gradual breakdown affecting the discs in the spinal column. With age, discs between vertebrae may shrink, wrinkle or crack, causing painful spinal compression, which may also cause spinal nerves to swell.

Degenerative Disc

Herniated disc — A ruptured, slipped or bulging disc that presses on the spinal nerve, resulting in pain. Pain that travels from the buttock, to the thigh and leg, also known as sciatica, is a common symptom of a herniated disc.

Herniated disc

Sciatica — Pain originating in the lower back, which radiates to the buttock, thigh and leg.


Scoliosis — The abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine, in which the spine is shaped like the letter C, or the letter S. While scoliosis rarely causes pain in children, if left untreated, it can be a painful back condition for adults, and even affect lung and heart function (though very rare).


Spondylolisthesis — When one vertebra slips over another, creating instability in the spine and misalignment of the spine. Some individuals are born with this condition, whereas others may develop it over time with physical activity or the deterioration of the spine.


Osteoporosis — A painful condition caused by mineral loss in the bones, which causes the bones to become fragile. Osteoporosis may cause compression fractures in the spine or a “humpback.”


If you are suffering from acute or chronic back pain, your pain may be the result of a common spinal condition. Southwest Spine Center provides chiropractic care to patients to treat misalignment of the spine due to a spinal condition such as degenerative disc disorder, herniated or bulging disc or sciatica, as well as pain resulting from injury. A chiropractic adjustment can remove interference of the nervous system, release compression on nerves and help to decrease pain and symptoms associated with many back conditions.

Book a free, no-obligation chiropractic consultation with Southwest Spine Center today.

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