Spinal conditions are common and affect many people in the UK every year. Fortunately, most degenerative spinal conditions that cause neck, back or nerve pain will generally improve with conservative treatment, which includes pain medication, modified activities, and physical therapy.
In some patients the condition persists, leading to prolonged spinal or limb pain with numbness or tingling sensations, and sometimes limb weakness. In these circumstances, it is often worthwhile to seek the opinion of a spinal specialist for further clinical assessment and investigations including an MRI scan of the spine.
The pages in this section aim to provide an overview of common spinal conditions. The information is intended to allow patients to better understand the possible causes of their symptoms and to help them make informed decisions about treatment options.