Spine conditions affect virtually everyone at some time during their life, the American Association of Neurologists has found.
They say that surveys indicate a yearly prevalence of spine-related symptoms in fully 50% of working-age adults. Spine pain and other spine problems rank high among reasons for health care visits; and direct and indirect expenditures for spine pain and spine-related conditions in the United States total at least $50 billion per year.
According to the AAN, these costs include medical and surgical treatment, lost productivity, and loss of the ability to perform and enjoy normal activities.
Lower back problems are the most common cause of disability for patients under the age of 45.
Teaming up to help
Here at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, our neurologists and neurosurgeons and the physicians in the Orthopedic and Spine Institute join forces to care for patients who need stroke care and spinal surgery.
In addition, we have a new community-based deep brain stimulation program for patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.
And, we treat the following brain disorders:
- Brain Tumors
- Cerebrovascular Disease
- Movement Disorders
AHMC’s board certified physicians, nurses and technical personnel work together to diagnose and treat patients with the latest technology.
Common spine disorders
Back pain has become the high price paid by our modern lifestyle and is a startlingly common cause of disability for many Americans, including both active and inactive people. Back pain that spreads to the leg is called sciatica, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Sciatica is a painful condition caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, the main nerve that branches off the spinal cord and continues down into the thighs, legs, ankles, and feet. It is characterized by pain in the buttocks and can be caused by a number of factors. Exertion, obesity, and poor posture can all cause pressure on the sciatic nerve. One common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc, NINDS says.