Your spine – a collection of 33 connected bones and tissue protecting your spinal cord – extends from the base of your skull to your pelvis. In addition to providing the nerve tissue of your spinal cord with protection, your spine supports your head, shoulders, and upper body, allowing you to stand erect, bend over, and twist.
Even though we’ve always been told to “stand up straight” the human spine actually consists of three curves – the lumbar (lower back), thoracic (upper back), and cervical (neck). It is these three curves that give the spine its strength and allows it to support more weight than it would if it were actually straight. What appears to be standing straight is actually the proper alignment of the spine’s three curves, with the head centered over the convex curves of the neck and lower spine. This allows the muscles to work less in holding the upper body erect.
But sometimes one (or all) of these three spinal curves experience an event, injury, or disease that pushes them out of alignment. That’s when you’ll want to see the spine specialists at Tri-State Orthopaedics.
The spine specialists at Tri-State Orthopaedics can help with these common spine conditions and injuries, including:
- Cervical Myelopathy
- Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (Bulging Disk)
- Radiculopathy (Sciatica, Pinched Nerve)
- Degenerative Disk Disease
- Isthmic Spondylolisthesis
- Kyphosis (hunchback deformity)
- … and more!
For more information about the spine and how it works, visit the Spine Basics web page from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Back Pain? Spinal problems?
Don’t suffer a moment longer! The spine specialists at Tri-State Orthopaedics can diagnose and treat a wide variety of spine conditions and injuries – call for an appointment today!