Radiculopathy refers to pain from a single spinal nerve. Pain that travels down the arm may often be from a problem in the neck or cervical spine.
Chronic pain is a very complex diagnosis and may be a result of many things. Complex pain may result from peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, failed operations, trauma, or other conditions.
A normal spinal vertebral body (the body is the front half of the vertebra) is rectangular. A compression fracture of the spine occurs when the front (or anterior) wall of the vertebra fractures.
Degenerative disc disease is also known as spondylosis as the discs wear out. As the discs lose water and wear out, they lead to abnormal alignment of the spinal joints, and osteoarthritis is the result.
The disc wall is normally made of circular fibers that contain the jelly-like substance (nucleus) on the inside. As we age, the fibers of the disc wall may lose flexibility and even tear.
This condition is a deformity of the spine. With it, your vertebrae change from a cylindrical shape to a wedge shape. Your spine may begin to curve forward. Eventually, this gives your upper back a rounded appearance.