Most of the patients that are visiting Orthosports Medical Center are complaining of back pain; if not, neck pain. Some people are complaining of these after having met an accident or even after lifting heavy objects; some also noticed having these after waking up in the morning.
So, what do we have in our back?
The bones we have in our back that protect the spinal cord and that supports the torso is what we call the Spine. It is composed of 24 articulating vertebrae and 9 fused vertebrae. It is divided into 4.
Cervical Spine (Neck) – This is where it connects to our head (skull) and our chest.
Thoracic Spine (Chest) – This is where our ribs are connected. It protects our internal organs such as the lungs, heart, etc.
Lumbar Spine (Lower back) – They have the biggest vertebrae. It supports the cervical and thoracic spine.
Sacrum and Coccyx – fused bones at the lower end of your spine.
In between the vertebrae, we can find the discs. They serve as shock absorbers – so that your vertebrae do not bump into each other. They also can function as ligaments – so as to hold the spine together in a line. Surrounding the spine, we have our core muscles to help us move, twist, stretch our body appropriately.
As these protect the spinal cord as it travels down, they have to be tough and should be aligned well so as not to cause a disruption to the nervous system.
There are numerous conditions that may be related to any alteration to this part of the body. The following are few of the conditions we commonly encounter:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
What are the services that we can offer for spine problems?
Consultation with our orthopedic specialist – We will evaluate your condition, do radiographic studies to help determine your diagnosis, help you set short-term and long-term goals, advise you on available treatments that may be used to better suit your needs, and monitor your progress moving forward.
Physiotherapy sessions with our physiotherapists – we often get to deal with these disorders, and our staff have well-rounded knowledge to detection and treatment. Physiotherapy can help you do exercises and teach you stretches to do before and after exercises to enable your body to function at its full potential.
Sports Massage – most of these disorders are accompanied by muscle contractions/trigger points. Our Sports Masseur can help you loosen up these contractions and then later on, condition your body to be back to its pre-injury state making it ready for physiotherapy stretches and proper exercises.
Have you been having back pain or neck pain? We can evaluate you for that; and then, we can plan together for your treatment. We will be more than happy to assist you further.
There are 3 steps to overcoming back or neck pains.