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Spine, Back and Neck pain

All the information going from the brain to the limbs travels through the spinal cord. It's a relay station for sensory information that helps you feel pain and sensation, controlling your arms and legs and your bladder and bowel functions.

Any interruption of spinal cord function at a particular level can impair your ability to control these functions. If the pressure on the normal spinal cord is severe and long lasting, a permanent loss of function below the level of the pressure can occur.

According to the North American Spine Society:

  • About 80 percent of people over the age of 30 will experience back problems at some point in their lives. Of these, 30 percent will have recurring problems.
  • One out of every 14 people will seek medical care for back or neck pain this year — amounting to almost 14 million visits per year.
  • Back pain and related problems are one of the most frequent causes of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old.
  • Back and neck pain result in more lost work days than any other medical condition.

The Providence Medical Center neurosurgeons treat spine, back and neck pain with the latest minimally invasive treatments. For more information on the Providence Spine Center , call 913-596-4627.