Conditions We Treat
With the right qualifications and high-tech equipment, Bay Area Disc Centers is available to treat a broad number of back pain conditions, including:
Sciatica is a condition in which severe back pain and numbness/tingling in the leg occurs due to immense pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Overwhelming pain, tingling, and numbness within the leg.
- Symptom of degenerative disc disease.
- Pressure is typically caused by a herniated, protruding or diseased disc.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is characterized by the gradual dehydration of the spinal discs.
- Trauma is the most common cause.
- Repetitive stress from daily activities or work-relation motions can also cause damage.
- A doctor-supervised exercise program can help patients with degenerative disc disease.
An injury to the intervertebral disc is a leading cause of spine-related health concerns, diseases, and discomfort.
- Spinal discs have a poor blood supply, so any injury may be exacerbated.
- A damaged disc results in pain with slight movements and everyday activities.
- Most common forms of disc injuries include disc bulge and disc herniation.
Facet Joint Syndrome
A facet joint connects the vertebrae. These joints enable bending and twisting but become stiff and painful when inflamed due to injury or arthritis.
- Occurs when the facet joint is inflamed.
- Inflammation may lead to pain, soreness and stiffness.
- Sitting or standing too long may aggravate the symptoms.
Lower Back Pain
Today, over 65 million Americans suffer from lower back pain. This pain manifests itself as a shooting pain reaching down to the legs, persistent aching, or muscle tightness.
- Most often, the issue stems from a pinched or irritated nerve in the spine.
- As a result of a pinched nerve, the muscles tense and the pain sets in.
- Common conditions leading to lower back pain include fractures, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal. A narrow canal can be present at birth but typically occurs due to spinal degeneration caused by old age.
- Wear and tear of the spinal canal can result in a pinched lumbar nerve root, which comes with sharp pain.
- Pain is generally felt in legs or buttocks.
- Affects only those aged 50 or older.
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic neck pain can come from age or an injury. Generally, neck pain dissipates within a few days, but occasionally they will last for months, making it chronic.
- If pain doesn’t resolve within a few days, it may be a sign of an underlying condition.
- Neck pain feels like tingling, numbness or weakness in the neck. It can radiate toward the shoulders, arms, and fingers.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control can also be seen with chronic neck pain.