From a very young age our spinal columns become subject to the degenerative changes that take place as a result of gravitational forces and daily use. In some people these changes happen faster than in others, and this is due to many different variables. Although most spinal conditions are a result of aging and use, some simply cannot be prevented. In traumatic situations such as motor vehicle accidents or slip and falls, the spine can be subject to more sudden blunt force, resulting in fracture, or dislocation. Spinal cord diseases such as tumors and infections can also be conditions that require immediate surgical intervention. For most patients suffering from the degenerative cascade of events that lead to back pain and discomfort, rehabilitation and pain injections are the best remedy. Only a trained physician can determine which treatment option is best for each individual patient.
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