Your Back and Pain

The spine is one of your most important body parts. Without a well-functioning set of vertebrae, you couldn’t do much of anything, and the rest of your body might quit their jobs as well.

Your spine needs to be in good structural condition. Every bone needs to stay undamaged; every piece of cartilage should remain smooth, each muscle and tendon relaxed and functional.

If you want to keep your back in its best shape, it will help to know its parts, what they do, and how to keep your spine stable and fit.

Your Back & Spine
The spine is one of your most important body parts. Without a well-functioning set of vertebrae, you couldn’t do much of anything, and the rest of your body might quit their jobs as well.

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The Anatomy of the Spine

Your spine is a stacked column of 24 small bones called vertebrae that are arranged in segments. Between each vertebra is a disk, a cushion of soft gel material. Disks absorb pressure and keep the bony vertebrae from rubbing against each other.

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The Segments of the Spine
Four separate segments make up your spine. Each has an essential purpose.

The cervical spine is the first segment of seven vertebrae at the top. It holds your head and neck.

The thoracic spine is the second segment, located in the middle portion of your body. It consists of 12 vertebrae that control the mid-back region.

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Back Surgery
When you have intractable pain and have failed with every conservative treatment, it may be time for you and your physician to consider one of the common back surgeries. Conditions like a herniated disk or spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis may be corrected with surgery. Other problems like a serious infection or tumor, you may be left with little choice other than back surgery.

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Five Ways to Strengthen Your Back
It’s always better to keep your body strong and that especially includes your back and core muscles. By doing so, you will remain healthier, more powerful, and maintain flexibility. If you want to stave off injury and even surgery, these five exercises will help. If you can’t do them or have a lot of difficulty, it’s time to pay more attention to your back and core muscles.

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What Can Go Wrong with Your Back
There are 24 vertebrae in your entire spine, each with its own set of disks, muscles, and cartilage. That means dozens of ways you can develop back problems, whether mild or severe. Being aware of what can happen and how it will feel can alert you to conditions that need a physician’s examination. So, let’s find out what’s going in your back in the back there.

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Las Cruces, NM 88011

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