Spine conditions involve the bones (vertebrae), and spongy discs between the vertebrae, joints, muscles, and ligaments. Pain from spine conditions can be acute (a sudden, intense pain that lasts a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasts more than a few months).
Symptoms of a spine condition may include numbness, tingling, and pain in the neck, low back, arms, and legs. With complex spine disorders, you may also have problems with walking, breathing, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function.
Spine conditions affect the lumbar (low back), thoracic (upper back), or cervical (neck) spine, and include:
- Degenerative disc disease: discs between the vertebrae break down due to stress, aging or normal wear and tear
- Herniated disc: discs between the vertebrae rupture, protrude or bulge out
- Infections: in the spine or fluid surrounding the spinal cord
- Spinal cord injuries: affect the nerves that make up the spinal cord
- Spinal stenosis: spinal canal narrows around the spinal cord
- Fractures: vertebrae compression fractures or joint dislocation
- Tumors: cancerous or non-cancerous
- Curvature deformities: scoliosis, lordosis, or kyphosis
- Myelopathy: damage to the spinal cord caused by stenosis or degeneration
- Radiculopathy: pinched nerve or compression
- Spondylosis: cartilage in the joints and vertebrae wear out abnormally
If you have pain and symptoms of a spine condition, make an appointment with a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) at the University of Miami Health System. We can help you feel better.
Why Choose UHealth?
Internationally-recognized Spine Institute in South Florida. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is part of the renowned Spine Institute where research breakthroughs in spine conditions bring you the most advanced care possible.
Specialized spine expertise and comprehensive services near you. Our multi-specialty team has experts in spine conditions and spinal cord injuries, and offer programs in cancer rehabilitation, rehabilitation psychology, and neuropsychology. Inpatient (hospital stay) and outpatient (clinic) rehabilitation locations near you will help restore physical and emotional health, and provide education for prevention and wellness.
Multispecialty care with teams built around your condition. Our rehabilitation team works closely with orthopedic specialists and surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, urologists, and others to customize your treatment plan. You have access to the latest non-surgical and minimally invasive approaches to managing pain, including neurostimulation and interventional spine procedures, all in one place.