Your spinal cord is the information highway of your body. It sends signals and information from your brain to your body, and from your body back to your brain. When something puts pressure on the spinal cord, like a herniated disc, it can cause pain and other symptoms. The team at TriHealth Orthopedics & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are experienced in diagnosing and treating spinal cord compression. We offer comprehensive care – from physical therapy to pain management or surgery when needed – to help you find relief.
The spinal cord runs from the base of your skull and through the middle of vertebrae, down your spine. When something presses against the spinal cord, like a disc, bone, tendon or muscle, it can cause pain, weakness and other symptoms. It can affect any area of your spine, including the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (middle back) or lumbar spine (low back).
Spinal cord compression is caused by other spine conditions, including:
The most common symptoms of spinal cord compression include:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
Your treatment will depend on the cause of the pinched nerve. Treatment may include:
You may be at high risk of developing spinal cord compression if you already have an existing spinal condition. The following conditions can increase your risk for spinal cord compression:
While spinal cord compression – and the conditions that cause it – can’t be completely prevented, you can take steps to keep yourself and spine healthy and strong:
Find answers about what’s causing your spinal cord compression. The spine specialists at TriHealth Orthopedics & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offer a wide range of imaging tests to accurately diagnose your condition. It’s just the first step in getting you on a plan that’s right for you. To learn more or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 354 3700.