A Guide to Understanding Your Back
The human spine is much more complex than the average person thinks. Since we typically refer to the entire back as the spine, it’s easy to think it’s all one continuous bone or set of bones that stretch from the neck all the way down to the tailbone. Some of our perceptions of the back are true, but there are so many more components to it. When you learn even just a little bit about the components of the spine, you’ll understand the importance of spine care and why there are so many different advanced pain management techniques to help with different types of pain.
What Does The Spine Consist Of?
A human adult’s spinal column consists of 24 vertebrae stacked on top of one another. The spinal cord consists of nerves to help the brain function properly and send the appropriate signals for movement. What protects the vertebrae are discs, which are spongy-like components between each vertebrae. These discs provide enough support between each vertebrae to help make movement easy and pain-free. Some people may already know these parts of the spine exist, but knowing how they work, function and keep the back from being pain-free is not as easy to explain.
Why Back Pain Can Be Difficult to Self-Diagnose
Since there are so many parts to the back, identifying the reason for long term back pain isn’t always easy. You could have a bad disc, a fractured vertebrae or anything else contributing to the pain. Over time, long term back pain can occur even when just one part of the back is painful. For example, one tiny disc in the back that may not be functioning properly can cause the entire back to hurt. The reason is because the rest of the spine works harder to make up for the failed disc. And unless you visit an advanced pain management center for treatments, chances are the pain will get worse before it gets any better.
Proper Spine Care Practices Are Essential
Practicing proper spine care techniques can help prevent back pain from occurring. However, when the back is functioning properly, it’s easy to take it for granted and not do anything to help maintain its functionality. When experiencing any type of pain in the back, it’s crucial to see an advanced pain management facility right away to prevent future and continuous issues from occurring. Simple steps can go a long way in preventing long term back pain and making sure your spine functions properly for the rest of your life.
DBC Active Spine Care® understands everything there is to know about the human back. Our spine adaptive functional restoration program has helped individuals relieve chronic back pain permanently, and enhance their quality of life as a result. To learn more about why you may be experiencing back pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to see how our program works.