Diseases & Conditions

Treating back and spine conditions starts with access to helpful information. At The Hospitals of Providence, we strive to stay up-to-date on the latest back and spine-related diseases and conditions — and to share that information with the community of El Paso.

Below, we provide information on common back and spine conditions that we may treat across our network of hospitals. For more information about your symptoms, call 915-577-8467 (THOP) to connect with one of our orthopedic specialists or use the physician finder tool below. You can also attend a seminar to learn more.

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Annular tear

An annular tear is a break in the tough, outer covering of the joints between vertebrae. When the annular layer is torn, underlying nerves are exposed and painful. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Arthritis of the spine

Arthritis of the spine occurs when the cartilage in the joints and discs of the neck and lower back degenerate. Without this protective cartilage, the tops of the bones become worn down, causing pain. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Bone spurs

Bone spurs are extra bony growths that occur on bones. Although these growths are usually smooth, they can cause pain when they compress bones, tissues and nerves. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Bulging disc

A bulging disc occurs when a disc that provides cushioning between vertebrae extends beyond the space it normally occupies. Bulging discs usually are not painful and are a normal part of the aging process. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Canal stenosis

Canal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows due to age-associated changes, such as vertebrae becoming misaligned. Since the nerves become compressed and irritated, canal stenosis can cause pain, numbness and weakness below the waist. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Cervical spondylosis

Cervical Spondylosis is chronic and excessive wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck. It frequently causes chronic neck pain. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Collapsed disc

A collapsed disc can occur when dehydration and age-related changes cause a disc between vertebrae to shrink. It is a painful condition and can increase susceptibility to disc herniation or rupture. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Degenerative disc disease (degenerative spine)

Degenerative disc disease is not a specific disease. It encompasses a wide range of conditions in which a damaged disc causes pain. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Degenerative joint disease

Degenerative joint disease, more commonly known as osteoarthritis, occurs when joint cartilage breaks down. Primarily a disease of middle-aged and older adults, degenerative joint disease can cause joint pain, stiffness and grinding. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Facet disease (facet syndrome)

Facet Disease occurs when the joints that connect the spinal bones become swollen and painful due to injury or arthritis. Since nerve roots which connect the arms, legs and neck to the spinal cord travel through these joints, facet disease can cause widespread pain and difficulty with movement. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Foraminal stenosis (foraminal narrowing)

Foraminal Stenosis occurs when the foramina, or large central openings of each spinal bone, become narrowed due to arthritis and other age-related conditions. Foraminal Stenosis can lead to numbness, weakness and pain in the arms or legs. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Herniated disc (disc extrusion, disc protrusion, ruptured disc, torn disc)

A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of a vertebral disc is broken, resulting in a leak of fluid. Symptoms vary and range from pain, numbness and weakness in a leg or arm to no symptoms at all. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP)

A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of a vertebral disc is broken, resulting in a leak of fluid. Symptoms vary and range from pain, numbness and weakness in a leg or arm to no symptoms at all. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Myofascial pain syndrome

Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a chronic condition in which placing pressure on sensitive muscular trigger points causes pain in other areas of the body. It often is the result of repetitive motion strain. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain occurs when damaged or improperly functioning nerves send false signals to the brain. Phantom limb pain is a type of neuropathic pain. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Peripheral neuralgia

Peripheral neuralgia is a condition in which the nerves that transmit information between the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) and the rest of the body are damaged. Symptoms can range from tingling and numbness to muscle weakness. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Pinched nerve

A pinched nerve occurs when surrounding bones, muscles or cartilage place excessive pressure on a nerve. The resulting nerve dysfunction causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Prolapsed disc

A prolapsed disc occurs when one of the discs that are located between the vertebrae is damaged. The pressure this damaged disc placed on nearby nerves causes numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in the back, neck and other areas of the body. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Radiculopathy (lumbar, cervical)

Radiculopathy is pain, numbness, tingling and weakness along a spinal nerve. It is most common in the lower back and the neck. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Sciatica

Sciatica is pain that radiates along the course of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back to the bottom of each leg. Sciatica pain typically occurs on one side of the body. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis occurs when the spine curves to the side. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

SI joint pain

Sacroiliac joint pain occurs where the base of the spine joins the pelvis. It usually only occurs on one side, is exacerbated by bending over or standing after sitting for a long time and is relieved by lying down. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Slipped disc

A prolapsed disc occurs when one of the discs that are located between the vertebrae is damaged. The pressure this damaged disc placed on nearby nerves causes numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in the back, neck and other areas of the body. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Spinal stenosis (spinal narrowing)

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces in the spine narrow and cause excess pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Spondylitis

Spondylitis occurs when the vertebrae, or bones that comprise the spinal column, are inflamed. This can cause joints to become fused together, making movement difficult or impossible. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebrae, or spinal bone, moves out of position and lands on the vertebrae below it. This condition typically affects the lower back and can become painful. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Spondylosis

Spondylosis means age-related changes to the vertebrae, cartilage and discs. It can occur in the neck, mid or low back. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.




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Call 915-577-8467 (THOP) or use our physician search tool to be connected to an orthopedic specialist who can answer your questions.

You can also read more about diseases and conditions in our health library.