The upper back (comprised of the 12 vertebrae in the middle of the spine) allows you to stand upright and protects the organs in your chest. Upper back injuries and problems are less common than lower back problems are, but they can be just as serious and painful. If you’re one of the unfortunate people who experiences upper back pain, read on to learn more.
One of the most common complaints and injuries experienced by both amateur and professional golfers is lower back pain. In order to repeatedly bend and twist to hit the ball, the body must generate a lot of torque and this is incredibly stressful to your spine and lower back. It’s just not a natural movement for the body. Unfortunately, many golfers also have weak back and abdominal muscles with tight hips, which can add to the body’s discomfort.
The last few months of the year always seem to be the busiest. From traveling and shopping to decorating and dealing with changing weather, there are many different opportunities for you to hurt yourself if you’re not careful. Be especially careful of lifting heavy objects alone such as suitcases, large gifts or boxes of decorations. It’s always seems easier to just heft it by yourself, but you only increase the chance of seriously injuring yourself if you do not take proper precautions.
A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don’t completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy axons - extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries allow for almost complete recovery. Others result in partial or complete paralysis.
Anyone who ever experiences a troublesome headache can’t help but wonder at some point if they might have a brain tumor. Most never act on that paranoia, but there are times when you should pay a little closer attention to your pain and perhaps contact your doctor to schedule an exam.