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Non-Surgical Back Treatments
Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic - San Jose, Los Gatos, CA



At Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, we know that spinal problems can be debilitating. Our experienced physicians relieve many patients of pain associated with spinal problems through a variety of nonsurgical back treatments. Through a thorough spine assessment, comprehensive and personalized treatment plan, and physical therapy if necessary, our staff is committed to getting you back to your everyday activity as quickly as possible.

If you're experiencing spinal problems or spinal pain, do not hesitate to call our office for a consultation. Our physicians have the experience and expertise to get you out of pain and back to normal life.

Below are some commonly asked questions about a few of the common spinal issues that we treat in the Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic office.

Common Questions about Non-Surgical Back Treatments

What is degenerative disc disease?

This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. When the vertebral discs are damaged or weakened, this can become painful and lead to other issues. Degenerative disc disease can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result from injury to the back.

What causes degenerative disc disease?

There are a variety of causes of this condition. Below is a common progression of degenerative disc disease seen in the Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic:

  • Disc Wall Heals: When tears in the vertebral discs heal, scar tissue is created that is not as strong as the original disc wall. If the back is repeatedly injured, this process of tearing and scarring may continue, weakening the disc wall more and more. The disc wall may weaken as a result of aging, as well.
  • Disc Center Weakens: Over time, the center (or nucleus) of the vertebral disc becomes damaged and loses some of its water content. This center is called the pulposus, and its water content is needed to keep the disc functioning as a shock absorber for the spine.
  • Nucleus Collapses: Unable to act as a cushion, the nucleus then collapses. The vertebrae above and below this damaged disc slide closer together. This improper alignment causes the facet joints, or the areas where the vertebral bones touch, to twist into an unnatural position.
  • Bone Spurs Form: In time, this awkward positioning of the vertebrae may create bone spurs, which are small bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. If these spurs grow into the spinal canal, they may pinch the spinal cord and nerves (a condition called spinal stenosis). The site of the injury may be painful.

What are symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Symptoms commonly include pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs and low back pain. Strong pain tends to come and go. Bending, twisting, and sitting may make the pain worse. Lying down often relieves pressure on the spine.

Degenerative disc disease can be treated with a variety of nonsurgical options including chiropractic manipulation, massage, injections, or medication. Your physician at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic will work in partnership with you to create a custom treatment plan to fit your unique case and individual needs.

What is cervical radiculopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine, which is the area of the spine protecting the nerves of the neck. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms, and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas.

What causes cervical radiculopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the spinal column in the neck area. A herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis are some of the most common problems leading to cervical radiculopathy.

What are symptoms of cervical radiculopathy?

Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling, and may vary depending on the level of the injury. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about your spinal health, call our office. The doctors at Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic will review the non-surgical back treatment options available to you and create a custom treatment plan for your individual case.

What is lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy is also known as sciatica. This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the lower back, which is called the lumbar spine (whether the spine curves inward towards the abdomen). Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas.

What causes lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy, or sciatica, may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues in the lower back area of the spinal column. These injuries are most commonly a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis.

What are the symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy?

Symptoms include pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling, and may vary depending on the level of the injury. The pain will originate in the spine and radiate down the back of the leg. Often, symptoms only affect one side of the body.

If you’re experiencing these or similar symptoms, call the Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic office. We’ll walk you through the non-surgical back treatment options available right here in our office to get you back on your feet.

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