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Spine Care

Count on Holzer Health System in the Southeastern Ohio River Valley to offer you multiple treatment options for intense pain in the back, lower back, joints, and other spinal extremities. Visit our website to learn more about your options and how we can better help you today!

What is your spine?

The spine is the series of vertebrae that forms the supporting system of the body and a protection for the spinal cord that extends from the hind end of the skull through the median dorsal part of the body to the end of the tail.

What Causes pain in your spine?

  • Back pain can be caused by a number of factors such as injuries, arthritis and the effects of aging, osteoporosis, disc degeneration and fractures.
  • Aging and inherited factors can cause degenerative changes in the disc as well as arthritic changes in the small joints.
  • Osteoporosis causes bones to lose strength over time. This could lead to a fractured or compressed vertebra from a fall or even from everyday activities. (*this paragraph was already on the website)
  • Low back pain is a universal human experience -- almost everyone has it at some point.
    • The lower back, which starts below the rib cage, is called the lumbar region. Pain here can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work. Fortunately, low back pain often gets better on its own. When it doesn't, there are effective treatments. (*already on the website)


Kyphosis affects your spine and creates a forward curvature of the back bones in the upper back area, giving an unnaturally rounded or "humpback" appearance. Kyphosis is more common in females than males. If it is chronic, Kyphoplasty, a minimally-invasive procedure that treats spine fractures caused by osteoporosis, may be performed. Kyphoplasty is designed to provide rapid back pain relief and help straighten the spine.

Kyphosis can be caused by a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Metabolic Problems
  • Neuromuscular conditions
    • Spina Bifida is an example of a neuromuscular condition.
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta (“Brittle bone disease”)

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