Unless you have had a spine injury, there is a pretty good chance that you haven’t had the chance to get properly acquainted with the 26 bones in your spine. Obviously it is common knowledge that back injuries can be the most traumatic because of the pain that they cause. Here at OSR, back pain is one of the most common complaints among our patients. This is why we think it is important to get to know your spine.
As for the composition of your spine. When you are born you have 33 bones in your neck, this number lessens to 24 as you get older because some of your bones grow together as you age. There are also two additional bones that make up the spine called the sacrum and the coccyx which put the total number at 26! These 26 bones can be the either your best friend or your worst nightmare. Your spines profile view is shaped as an S, as seen here:
A lot of our patients with back pain have trouble sleeping. This is probably due to their sleeping habits. It is important to focus on your sleeping position if you are waking up sore or with full on back pain. The best position for you to sleep in is on your side. Preferably with a pillow or cushion between your knees. Sleeping on your stomach strains your neck as well as can cause back strains depending on the type of pillow you’re using. Sleeping on your back adds pressure to your lower back. If you have to sleep on your back for any number of reasons (pregnancy or sleep apnea) then you can lessen the pressure on your back by placing a couple pillows under your knees.
Back problems can come from small everyday habits that you wouldn’t suspect. For women, wearing a heavy purse or carrying a heavy bag on your arm can have a negative effect on your body. (Read more about the Handbag syndrome here!!) For men, something as simple as having a heavy wallet in the same pocket every day causes damage. Especially if you are sitting on the wallet in your back pocket, this can shift the weight to this side of your back because of the difference in elevation.
Back pain isn’t just for adults, children can have back problems as well as affect their life later on. It is important to make sure that your children aren’t carrying around backpacks that way over 10 pounds on a daily basis. Make sure your kids know to put school books in their lockers or leave unneeded supplies at home.
Humans and giraffes both have seven vertebrae in their necks.
Over 120 muscles are contained in the spine.
The most common cause of back pain and spinal cord trauma in America is car accidents.
The spine is flexible enough to bend as far as two thirds of a circle.
The spine and the brain combined make up the central nervous system.
As a Kailua chiropractic care provider, spine health is very important for our patients. If you’re having back pain, OSR can help you figure out the source of the pain as well as create a program to stop the pain. Treat your spine well, come visit Oahu Spine and Rehab!