One of the most common orthopaedic complaints is neck and back pain. The spine is a unique part of the human anatomy made of several segments – all vulnerable to injury and the effects of aging.
The spine is called the vertebral column and is the main central support of your body. It is made up of approximately 33 bones, called vertebrae, and is divided into 5 regions: cervical (7 bones), thoracic (12 bones), lumbar (5 bones), sacrum (3-5 bones) and coccyx (4 fused bones). The joints of the vertebral column include the intervertebral discs and facet joints, both of which contribute to the spine moving and bending freely. As such, it is subject to a great deal of stress every day and the wear and tear your spine experiences over a lifetime of use is normal.
Some people put more wear and tear on their spine than others, such as athletes and people who work at jobs that are physically demanding. Nonetheless, even working at a desk job can put added strain on your back causing a numerous type of pains and injuries:
If the pain lasts for more than a few days, is getting worse, does not respond to back pain remedies then it is advisable to see an orthopedic specialist.