Back problems are some of humanity’s most frequent complaints. Back pain and back problems are the fifth most common reason for all doctor visits in the United States. Somewhere between 80 and 90% of all adult Americans have back problems at some point in their life. It is estimated that five out of ten working adults in the United States have back pain every year.
Your human spine (or backbone) is made up of small bones called vertebrae. Your vertebrae are stacked on top of each other to form a column. Between each vertebra is a cushion known as a disc. Ligaments hold the vertebrae together, and bands of tissue called tendons attach muscles to the vertebrae.
Openings in each vertebra line up so as to form a long hollow canal. Your spinal cord runs through this canal from the base of your brain. Nerves from your spinal cord branch out and leave your spine through the spaces between the vertebrae.
There are many different kinds of back problems that you can have with all of the vertebrae, ligaments, tendons, discs and muscles in your back. There are also extremely serious problems that can happen with your spinal cord. Some of the back problems you can have are:
§ Degenerative Disc Disease
§ Herniated discs
§ Spinal Stenosis
§ Back pain.
It is important to remember that back problems are not your disorder. Back problems are an indication of an underlying condition.
Some of the ways that you may be affected by back problems are continuing stiffness or aching anywhere along your spine, from your hips to your neck. It can be chronic aching in your middle or lower back, especially after standing or sitting for extended periods of time. You may have sharp, localized pain in your lower back, upper back or neck, especially after doing strenuous activity or lifting heavy objects.
When the pain goes downward along the back of your leg or is accompanied by fever, this is an indication that your back problems may be caused by a serious underlying condition. Other indications are tingling, numbness or loss of control in your arms or legs, dull pain in one area of your spine when getting out of or lying in bed, or the pain increases when you cough or bend forward at the waist.
Back problems and/or the underlying cause of them may prevent you from working. They may be the cause of your disability.
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