Do you suffer from neck and back pain? This is too often a result of overusing our bodies for years, poor body posture, aging muscle weakness, and stiff or loose joints. Understanding the spine and its function enables you to regain proper spinal adjustments so that you can live, play, and work pain-free again.
There are many different causes of back pain. Some of the most common are: arthritis of the spine, scoliosis, muscle spasms, strain or sprain, annular tears, bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, extruded discs, stenosis, infection, tumor and fractured (broken) bones.
The spine is one of the most important parts of your body. Without it, you could not keep yourself upright or even stand up. It gives your body structure and support. It allows you to move about freely and to bend with flexibility. The spine is also designed to protect your spinal cord. The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects your brain with the rest of your body, allowing you to control your movements. Without a spinal cord, you could not move any part of your body, and your organs could not function. This is why keeping your spine healthy is vital if you want to live an active life. It gives you a tingling sensation just thinking about it.
Surgery usually involves removing or adjusting parts of your spinal anatomy that press against your spinal nerves, with a goal of relieving your symptoms. Two common surgical procedures are lumbar disc replacement and cervical disc replacement.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The bones of your spine form a column or canal that protects your spinal cord. Your spinal cord runs through this canal. Over time, spinal stenosis may develop which compresses the spinal cord.
Most frequently people suffer from a pinched nerve, or radiculopathy, which may cause pain in the upper extremities, thorax, or legs.
Finding a back or neck specialist is the first priority in diagnosing your pain.
The information on this site is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a licensed medical practitioner. If you are experiencing a serious medical condition call your local emergency services or your doctor.