OTHER BACK CONDITIONS
A number of diseases and congenital and acquired conditions of the back and neck can result in pain, mobility issues, and other problems.
- Scoliosis—a curvature of the spine that originates in childhood but may not cause pain or other problems until middle age. Treatment of scoliosis, which is most successful when the condition is diagnosed in early childhood, may involve the use of special braces or, in some cases, surgery.
- Arthritis—inflammation and deterioration of joint tissues, which can cause pain and mobility problems.
- Infections—bacterial, fungal, or viral infection of the bones or connective tissues of the spine.
- Tumors—abnormal growths, benign or malignant (cancerous), in the bones of the back or neck.