How herniated disks occur: You may not be able to pinpoint a specific event that caused your disk to rupture. Though it can follow a single, traumatic event, disk herniation is usually the result of a gradual, age-related, degenerative process. Your spine will become stiffer and lose its flexibility as you age. By the time […]

Spinal arthritis is one of the common causes of back pain. Spinal arthritis is the mechanical breakdown of the cartilage between the aligning facet joints in the back portion (posterior) of the spine that quite often leads to mechanically induced pain. The facet joints (also called vertebral joints or zygophyseal joints) become inflamed and progressive […]

This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally acts as a cushion between the vertebrae. This condition can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may result from injury to the back. 1. Disc Wall Tears Degenerative disc disease generally begins when small tears appear in […]

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is Latin for “slipped vertebral body”, and it is diagnosed when one vertebra slips forward over the one below it. This condition occurs as a consequence of the general aging process in which the bones, joints, and ligaments in the spine become weak and less able to hold the spinal column in alignment.