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The Unique Roles of the Vertebrae

An adult’s spine is comprised of 33 vertebrae, seven of which are cervical (neck) vertebrae, twelve thoracic (the mid back), and about five to six lumbar (lower back) vertebrae. The lumbar vertebrae also includes nine bone segments within the pelvic region that start off as individual vertebrae at birth but eventually fuse as a child … Continued

What Are Intervertebral Discs?

The intervertebral discs comprise one-fourth of the length of the spinal column. They serve as cushions intended to absorb shock and stress the body may incur as well as preventing the vertebrae from grinding against each other. Each individual disc forms what’s called a fibrocartilaginous joint which allows the vertebrae to move around slightly while … Continued

Smoking May Increase the Risk of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

A recent Swedish study suggests smokers may have a greater risk of developing lower back pain requiring spinal surgery to correct. Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by a narrowing of the spinal cord, placing pressure on nerves and the spinal cord. The condition has a greater chance of developing as a person ages, but the … Continued

Sports Injuries and Your Spine

Exercising regularly is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle, and one of the easiest ways to stay active is to play sports. For people suffering from back pain, playing sports is an option as long as they keep an eye on their back. For everyone else, being aware of what strain certain sports … Continued

What You Should Know About Bone Spurs

Also known as osteophytes, bone spurs are growths that develop along the bone edges, typically forming where bones tend to meet (i.e.: the joints). These bone spurs can also form on the bones that make up the spine. While they are generally smooth, they can cause pain or wear and tear should they press or … Continued

What Is Lumbar Stenosis?

The spine will inevitably undergo changes as a person ages, which may lead to degeneration of the bones (vertebrae), the discs, ligaments, and muscles that comprise the spinal column. The changes that are undergone may result in what’s called lumbar spinal stenosis. Lumbar stenosis involves the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back … Continued

Learn More About Foraminal Stenosis

Throughout a person’s lifetime, the spine may absorb a significant amount of stress and strain, causing spinal degeneration as the person ages. The foraminal passageways are especially susceptible to long term damage. These passageways allow essential nerves to branch away from the spinal cord and move to other parts of the body. Should these passageways … Continued

What Is Lumbar Spondylolisthesis?

Typically happening in the lower spine (lumbar), spondylolisthesis occurs when a bone (vertebra) in the back slides forward over the one below it, potentially causing nerve roots or the spinal cord to become squeezed. This condition may result in numbness, weakness, or back pain in one leg or both. Although rare, it is also possible … Continued

What Is Lumbar Radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy is the name given to the disease which involves the lumbar spinal nerve root. This disease may appear as weakness, numbness, or pain in the legs or buttocks and it is typically caused when there is compression of the spinal nerve root. This compression may, therefore, cause leg pain versus pain in the … Continued

Pinched Nerve? It May Be Cervical Radiculopathy

When nerve roots near the vertebrae are compressed, it can lead to nerve disturbance or damage, resulting in what’s called cervical radiculopathy. This nerve root damage may cause pain and a loss of sensation in the arms or hands depending on where the damaged nerve root is located. Cervical radiculopathy is also commonly known as … Continued

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