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NeuroCare Brain & Spine Center - Common Spinal Conditions
Back and neck pain
The human spine is made up of small bones called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of each other to form a column. Between each vertebrae is a cushion known as a disc. The vertebrae are held together by ligaments, and muscles are attached to the vertebrae by bands of tissue called tendons.
Openings in each vertebrae line up to form a long, hollow canal. The spinal cord runs through this canal from the base of the brain. Nerves from the spinal cord branch out and leave the spine through the spaces between the vertebrae.
The lower part of the back supports much of the body's weight, and even a minor problem with the bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons in this area can cause pain when a person stands, bends, or moves around. Less often, a problem with a disc can pinch or irritate a nerve from the spinal cord, causing pain. When the pinched nerve is in the neck, result can be arm pain. Nerve pressure in the low back can cause leg pain, commonly called sciatica.
Symptoms of low back problems include pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the low back or down the legs.
Symptoms of neck problems include pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and neck, and even possibly weakness and numbness in the legs.
Are you at risk for back pain?
Four out of five adults will experience significant low back pain at some point during their life. Certain factors increase the risk of back pain: o Your job requires frequent bending and lifting
Good Lifting Techniques
It is important to support your back when lifting, standing, and sitting. By following these simple guidelines, you can reduce your risk of back pain.
Spine Pain Treatment Options