With back pain being such a common problem, eighty percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point in their lives, a better understanding of the complexities of the spine may help those who suffer back pain get a clearer idea on how the whole thing works.
The job of the spine is to attach the limbs and chest, known as the upper body, to the pelvis and legs, referred to as the lower body. This gives you mobility including the general ability to move, to twist around, to bend, or to turn. The strength side gives you the ability to walk, stand, run or lift. The functions of the lower back are what a person needs for their daily routines. So, if its pain in the lower back that a person is suffering from this can greatly impact on their daily lives.
The spine is made up of the five bones of lumbar vertebrate, six discs to absorb shock and so protect the lumbar vertebrate, the spinal cord itself and the nerves that run though it, joints for mobility and strength, and the muscles and ligaments that hold it all together and power this complex structure that is a person’s spine. So, if one of these pieces is cracked, pulled, strained or out of place a person will sufferer from great pain.
Many of the causes of back pain are shared by most of the back pain sufferers. They are usually broken down into injury, aging, strain, stress, and fractures or poor posture. Any or all of these can give a person back pain. But, overall none of it would be very serious and certainly not life threatening. In an average year over thirty million people will see a health care provider to discuss their back pain. Physicians will tell you that the best way to take care of your spine is to prevent injury and strain instead of dealing with the aftermath. This comes down to two specific areas. First getting into better physical condition so that strains and body stresses do not occur. This means a regular program of light exercise. Swimming, cycling, and walking are some of the best things you can do for your back. They all will help to stretch the muscles and make a strong back.
Prevention also comes in the form or common sense approaches to everyday situations. That includes bending properly, keeping weight under control, lifting the right way and not smoking. Posture is one of the most important things to work on. If you slouch, you undermine the support systems in your back and put strain on muscles that are not supposed to do hold the body that way.
Let’s not downplay the seriousness of spinal damage. But overall those who suffer from pain that is generated in the back do not have a serious problem. They must improve their lifestyles and methods of getting through the day and they will then be able to banish their back pain.