Spinal Pathology

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Spinal Pathology


Spinal Pathology refers to the study of abnormalities along the spine that cause pain, discomfort and long term issues. The symptoms of spinal pathology include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Inability to control the hands, legs, bladder or bowels

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Composition of the Spine


The spinal column runs from the base of the head to the pelvis and supports the upper body. The column consists of blocks of bones, with soft discs between them. The softness of the discs allows the spine a specific amount of movement between each bone. The bones and discs protect the spinal cord and nerves, which run within them.


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Treatment


Spinal Pathologies can be treated without invasive surgery. Treatments often include medication and physical therapy, though that is dependent on the cause of the abnormality and where in the spinal column it is located.

If the pain is severe, anaesthetic injections can be used to relieve pain. These injections include nerve blocks and epidurals.