Insult to the form and function of the spine can be simply grouped to simple and common pathologies. However their mechanism of action provides different pathophysiology. Latter results to common symptoms as well but its degree of manifestation will be different from one another. Explore the different causes of spine ailments and see how the common symptoms vary from one another.
The most common complaint of patients is pain secondary to an underlying inflammation caused by a compressed structure within or around the spine. Pain can also be due to an instability in the architecture of the spine causing inadvertent compression of the sensitive parts of the spine. Instability can also bring about poor posture in many patients. There are instances when poor posture is considered a deformity. When the spinal cord and the nerves inside the spine are significantly compressed, patients may develop weakness that could progress to paralysis if the neural structures invovled are continuously irritated. "Cauda equina syndrome" is a special spine condition that should be treated with urgency. It is an ominous sign when weakness can transform to paralysis with little hope of recovery. Pain, deformity, weakness and paralysis, each taken alone by itself or in any combination can lead to varying degrees of disability and render "poor quality of life" for our patients.
Copyright UPMC Spine Specialists (2012) Manila, Philippines
No illustrations should be copied from this Website without the permission of the webmaster
Many illustrations in this Web Page were borrowed from open source Netter Anatomical Illustrations and the Sobotta Atlas of Human Anatomy. However most of the original borrowed illustrations may not be recognized anymore. Most of them were digitally modified and altered to serve the purposes of discussions and explanations contained within this web.
Other illustrations are originally drawn by the Webmaster.