As people age, their bone strength, muscle elasticity, and tone tend to decrease. Once this occurs, the lumbar discs begin to lose fluid and flexibility, which decreases their ability to cushion the vertebrae. If the spine becomes overly strained or compressed, a disc may rupture or bulge outward. If this occurs, the rupture may place pressure on one of the more than 50 nerves rooted to the spinal cord that control body movements.
When these nerve roots become compressed or irritated, lower back pain may result.
Common lower back conditions can preset as numbness, tingling, or pain that radiates through either or both legs.
Numbness and tingling usually indicate a more serious condition than pain. If these symptoms persist, you would want to see a Neurosurgeon.
Testing & Treatments
There is a variety of testing that may be done to diagnosis your problem:
- Evaluation by a Neurosurgeon
- Cat Scan
Treatments may consist of several different measures pending on the severity of your condition.
The specialists at the Naples and Fort Myers area NASA MRI offices are here to assist you in every step of your healing process. From diagnosis to treatment and physical therapy, our back doctors are dedicated to your well-being. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.