Conditions affecting the spine
Back pain accounts for more than two thirds of pain conditions and has now become a very common condition affecting a large proportion of the population. There are numerous possible causes for it: some patients may develop symptoms due to signs of wear and tear, for example, bad posture, genetic predispositions or a lack of exercise. Psychological problems can also lead to pain.
Often, symptoms can be attributed to a certain part of the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. In some cases, the pain radiates to the legs, arms, chest or the back of the head. Muscle tension, spasms and restrictions of movement can also occur. Some patients also develop tingling, a feeling of numbness, weakness, muscle atrophy, sleep disturbance, irritation, depression, bladder emptying problems and - albeit rarely - even sexual dysfunction.
All too often, doctors treat symptoms for many years without establishing an exact diagnosis, leaving the actual cause untreated. Multiple surgeries, or surgery carried out too early, can in some cases encourage the development of adhesions and instability, which can themselves cause pain.
For this reason, we carry out in-depth consultations with patients prior to any treatment at our clinic, in which we assess the problem from an interdisciplinary perspective if necessary and establish an exact diagnosis. We then discuss the suitable treatment options with you.
Over the next few pages, we offer you an initial overview of the conditions that can affect the back and how they can be treated.