Acute back and neck pain – tingling in arms and legs – restrictions of movement – weakness in arms and legs

Spinal diseases show a wide spectrum of symptoms and signs.

Acute low back or neck pain with radiation to arms and legs is a common sign of a disc prolapse, so are tingling in arms and legs as well as sudden appearances of muscular weakness.

Contrarily, pain while walking indicates a narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) and acute restrictions of movement are a sign of vertebral instability (spondylolisthesis).