SENTA Clinic Neurosurgery Department

Spine Diseases & Conditions

Our specialists are dedicated to restoring your function and relieving pain by applying knowledge, skill, the latest techniques and advanced technology.


Chiari Malformation

Chiari malformations are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. These defects cause the cerebellum portion of the brain to protrude into the spinal canal.

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain persists after an injury or surgery where the source is hard to determine. Some causes of back pain include accidents, muscle strains and sports injuries. Once the reasons for the pain have been determined through a medical evaluation, treatment can focus on reducing back pain and improving mood and function.

Degenerative Back Conditions

Degenerative changes in the spine are those that cause the loss of normal structure and/or function. They are not typically due to a specific injury but rather to age. Repeated strains, sprains and overuse of the back cause a gradual degeneration of the discs of the spine.

Degenerative Neck Conditions

Degenerative neck conditions affect the cervical vertebrae – the seven vertebrae that form the upper part of your spine, between your skull and chest.


Cervical or Lumbar Radiculopathy, also known as a pinched nerve, can occur when a disc herniates and impinges on a spinal nerve or the spinal cord causing pain, numbness or muscle weakness. A radiculopathy may occur spontaneously or with trauma and most commonly affects people between age 30 and 50.


Sciatica, a common kind of back pain, is a pain that runs along the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back and down the back of each leg.

Spinal Deformities/Scoliosis

Spinal deformities occur if the spine curves or rotates beyond its normal curvature. Types of spinal deformities include scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis.

Spinal Fractures

Spinal fractures range from painful compression fractures, often seen after minor trauma in osteoporotic patients, to more severe injuries such as burst fractures and fracture-dislocations that occur following auto accidents or falls from height. These severe injuries frequently result in spinal instability, with a high risk of spinal cord injury and pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis occurs when bulging discs, arthritic spurs and thickened tissues combine to compress the nerves traveling through the spinal canal. The narrowing process, which is gradual, reduces the space available for the spinal cord and nerves.

Spinal Tumors

Spinal tumors are abnormal growths of tissue found inside the spinal column. Tumors that originate in the spine are called primary tumors and are rare. They can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).


Spondylolysis is a specific defect in the connection between the vertebrae and a very common cause of low back pain. This defect can lead to small stress fractures (breaks) in the vertebrae that can weaken the bones so much that one slips out of place, a condition called spondylolisthesis.

Other Conditions Treated

We also treat other spine-related conditions including arachnoid cysts, compression fractures, hip and leg pain, musculoskeletal impairments, peripheral nerve disorders, post-laminectomy syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, schwannoma, spinal instability and spinal vascular disorders, along with those listed below:

  • Acute Low/Mechanical Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Syringomyelia
  • Trochanteric Bursitis

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