Interspinous ligaments link individual vertebrae to each other. Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect bone to bone, while tendons connect muscles to bone. Injury to any of the ligaments or tendons, such as the interspinious ligaments, can take weeks or months to heal because their blood supply is limited.
At The Bonati Institute, we specialize in diagnosing and treating spinal conditions, including those from injuries to the interspinous ligaments. Disorders of the spine range from mild muscle strains and interspinous ligament sprains to spinal fractures and paralyzing injuries from accidents or gunshot wounds. The majority of our patients have already tried conservative methods to treat their symptoms and need surgery to end their pain.
Injuries to the Interspinous Ligaments
Whiplash is a common neck injury caused by rapid back and forth motion of the head, such as that which occurs in a rear-end car accident. Whiplash can be mild, straining the muscles and interspinous ligaments, or it can be severe, where tears to soft tissue can cause discs to bulge or rupture. Stretched or torn ligaments can lead to spinal instability, or movement between vertebrae that results from the spine trying to balance itself when its structure is compromised.
Getting a proper diagnosis and knowing whether your pain is caused by a fracture or tumor, or something more mild like a sprain, involves several steps. Your doctor will get a complete medical history on you and provide a physical exam. If she suspects a particular problem, he or she will likely order some diagnostic tests such as x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to confirm it.