Get To The Root Of Your Spine Pain
Your spinal area is made up of multiple bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves and helps to support many of your daily motions from walking to sitting. One of the most common areas of pain in the body occurs in the lumbar region (low back) and cervical spine (neck).
Your lower back bears a lot of weight and the lower two discs in your lumbar region have the highest chance of disc herniation. Your spine is made up of 33 bones stacked on top of another with a cushion, intervertebral disk, in between each one. The disks have a soft center and a tough exterior. Herniated disk, sometimes called a slipped or ruptured disk, occurs when the soft center pushes through a crack in the tough exterior. When this occurs, it may touch nearby nerves that are tied to the legs and arms. This is why a slipped disc can cause pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.
Your neck supports the weight of your head – the weight of a bowling ball! – and neck pain is generally felt directly around the neck area but it could also be felt through the upper arm, shoulder blade, forearm, or hand. Neck conditions have the potential to become chronic if the source of your pain isn’t treated.
Since the spinal region is made up of a complex network of nerves, where you feel the pain may not be the source of your spine pain. For instance, a herniated disc can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing a shooting pain down the back of the leg.
The pain associated with the spine can be put into two categories, depending on how long the pain lasts. Acute spine pain is typically a sharp pain and was caused by some sort of trauma and lasts less than three to six months. On the other hand, chronic spine pain, depending on the source of your pain can last more than six months.
Causes of pain:
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