Back Pain Explained
The back region comprises a huge portion on the body and causes of pain in this area can be hard to determine. Luckily, most cases of back pain are not caused by serious conditions such as arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. Most likely they are from poor posture or from using poor body mechanics when working or lifting.
The human spine is made up of 24 spinal bones, called vertebrae. The top seven vertebrae make up the cervical spine, the middle 12 make up the thoracic spine and the bottom five make up the lumbar spine. Vertebrae are rings of bone stacked on top of one another to form the spinal column. The spinal column is the body’s main upright support forming a hollow tube surrounding the spinal cord as it passes through the spine. The spinal cord is similar to a long wire made up of millions of nerve fibers. Just as the skull protects the brain, the bones of the spinal column protect the spinal cord.