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Spinal disorders can cause a range of symptoms and/or findings on a physical exam. A patient's signs and symptoms depend on the type of disorder, its severity, and its location within the spine. Symptoms may include:

  • Sharp and/or dull pain of short- or long-term duration
  • Activity-related neck or back pain
  • Pain radiating into the arms and/or legs
  • Limited motion and poor posture
  • Pain during standing or walking
  • Abnormal sensations of the arms and/or legs, such as tingling or burning
  • Sensory loss or numbness in the arms and/or legs
  • Weakness in arms and/or legs
  • Unsteadiness, with poor balance
  • Lost hand dexterity or difficulty with fine-motor tasks, such as handwriting, buttoning shirts, etc.
  • Loss of bladder or bowel function
  • Impaired sexual function

Roger Härtl, M.D., the Chief of Spine Surgery at The Brain and Spine Center of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, discusses surgical procedures to treat radiculopathy, which is pain caused usually by a herniated disc compressing nerves in the body.

People who experience any of these symptoms should seek a healthcare professional to determine their cause and discuss treatment options.

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