Degenerative conditions of the spine are relatively common and affect many people in the UK every year. Fortunately, most degenerative spine conditions, causing neck, back or nerve pain, will generally improve with conservative treatment, which includes pain medication, modified activities, and physical therapy.
In some patients the problem may persist, leading to prolonged spinal or limb pain with numbness, tingling sensations, or occasionally, limb weakness. In these circumstances, it is often advisable to seek the opinion of a spinal specialist for further clinical assessment and diagnostic investigations including a spinal MRI scan.
This section aims to provide an overview of the common spinal conditions. The information is intended to allow patients to better understand the possible causes of their symptoms and to help make informed decisions about treatment options.