The spinal column is one of the most complex regions of the human anatomy, comprising more than 25 small bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are interconnected by muscles, tendons, and ligaments and are separated by intervertebral disks, which act as shock absorbers to protect the spine. The spinal cord is surrounded by all of these structures and together, they serve to protect it from damaging stress, force and trauma.
The accumulation of trauma and stress our bodies go through on a daily basis predisposes us to acquiring spinal pain, which can be anywhere in the spine, including in the neck, upper back, or lower back. As we age, the risk for developing non traumatic spinal conditions including Osteoarthritis increases as the spine degenerates and loses range of motion and flexibility.
Spinal pain may be localized to a specific portion of the spine (for example, the upper back or neck) or may radiate to the extremities including the arms, hands, lower legs, feet, or abdomen. Symptoms such as tingling and needles, numbness, or a burning sensation in the lower leg or foot may be a sign of damage to the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the back of the leg into the foot and brings sensation to the leg.
The doctors at Core Concepts will identify the source of your spinal pain or discomfort and help to effectively eliminate the common causes. Common causes of spinal pain include poor posture, injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain), and Arthritis. Factors that increase the risk of developing spinal pain include inactivity, poor posture, increased body weight, repetitive stress, and genetics.
A healthy spine is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. People who experience spinal pain, particularly if it is chronic, are generally less healthy than the average person who does not. In fact, spinal pain costs in the United Sates are astronomical, not only financially but also relative to lost time from work and due to psychosocial conditions that develop during the recovery process associated with long-term spinal pain.