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Spinal Surgery

Common Back Problems

If you're like most adults, you've probably suffered from temporary back pain, but chances are it could have been avoided. The National Institutes of Health says that about 80 percent of people develop back problems at some point in their lives.

Back and neck pain are common, yet can be difficult problems to deal with. Eighty percent of adults will experience low back pain in their lifetime and 20 to 40 percent of the adults have had neck pain in the last month. Those ages 25-60 are most usually affected, but no age is completely immune.

The spine is a complex structure composed of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, discs and nerves, all working together to provide both structural support and mobility. Although pain may come from a specific part of spine, often more than one part is involved.


Conditions treated by UMMC neurosurgeons include, but are not limited to:
  • Arthritis
  • Cervical spinal stenosis and myelopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Facet syndrome
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Mechanical back or neck pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Scolisis
  • Spondylolisthesis