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How Much Do You Know About Your Back? You probably take your back for granted—until it starts to hurt. Think about it—your back is a part of your body that's in nearly constant use. Whether you're sitting, standing, or moving, your back and its muscles are providing support all day, every day. Test your knowledge of the back by taking this quiz. 1. How many bones are in your spine? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is There are 33 bones are in the spinal column, from the s...
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What Is Spinal Stenosis?
What Is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves. This results in back and leg pain. In adults 50 years of age and older, the risk of developing spinal stenosis increases. Younger people who are born with a small spinal canal may also develop symptoms. Aging can cause the ligaments (tissues that connect the spine and bones) to become thicker and calcified. The disks between vertebrae break down. Growths called bone spurs may happen on bones...
Scoliosis
Scoliosis What is scoliosis? Click Image to Enlarge A normal spine, when viewed from behind, appears straight. However, a spine affected by scoliosis shows a side-to-side curvature, with the spine looking like an "S" or "C." The back bones (vertebrae) may also be rotated. This makes it look like the person is leaning to one side. Scoliosis is defined as a curvature of the spine measuring 10° or greater. Scoliosis is not due to poor posture. Spinal curvature from scoliosis may occur on the right, left or...
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
What Is a Pinched Nerve? You may not realize that some common conditions are the result of a pinched nerve. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome may occur when muscles and tendons in the wrist swell from overuse, pinching the median nerve in the wrist. Herniated disks in the back can cause pain and disability because of pinched nerves. If a pinched nerve is left untreated, permanent damage to the area beyond the pinched nerve may result. A system of nerves spreads throughout the body, so a pinched nerve ...
What to Do About a Pain in the Neck
What to Do About a Pain in the Neck The neck is the most flexible part of the spine, but because it isn’t well-protected by muscles, it’s also easy to injure. Neck pain can result from many different causes--from arthritis to inflammatory disease. Causes of neck pain and problems may include the following: Injury (damage to the muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments) Stress Herniated cervical disk Arthritis (i.e., osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) Congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae and bones Tumo...