Why Spine Health Is So Important
Of all the structures in the human body, the spine is easily one of the most important. As the protector of our central nervous system and the backbone of every movement we make, the spine is one structure not to be neglected. Without a healthy spine, what seems like menial activities can quickly become arduous tasks. Walking, bending, sitting and even simply standing are all impacted by the health of our spine, making it critical that we understand the importance of caring for it.
Anatomy of the Spine
The spine is composed of 24 vertebrae, separated by gelatinous discs. The vertebrae provide structure and support for the entire body, while the spinal discs act as shock absorbers and provide mobility within the spine. As a whole, it is responsible for the protection of the spinal cord, which houses the central nervous system. Without a properly functioning spine, nerve impulses originating from the spinal cord may become impeded, leading to a decline in the health of the entire body.
Problems Associated with Poor Spine Health
Because the spine is charged with the protection of the central nervous system, spinal issues can have a great impact on the health of various bodily systems. Common issues resulting from deteriorating spine health include:
- Spinal stenosis
- Compression fractures
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Numbness, tingling or weakness
- Loss of mobility
Spinal Problem Culprits
If the health of the spine is so important, then caring for it properly should be of utmost concern. Often, simple lifestyle factors are the biggest culprits when it comes to the development of spinal issues. Poor posture, muscle weakness and poor muscle mobility are all contributing factors in the development of spinal dysfunction. Many times, however, spinal problems are caused by uncontrollable factors such as a predisposition for arthritis, ligament thickening, herniated or bulging discs and spinal injuries.
While avoiding back pain and dysfunction may not be possible for everyone, maintaining the health of your spine often centers around lifestyle habits. Regular exercise, core strengthening, proper posture and the maintenance of a healthy weight will all contribute positively to the health of your spine. Additionally, using proper lifting techniques, and practicing regular stretching will keep your spine healthy, mobile and high-functioning.
On top of daily maintenance, the team of spine specialists at the Spine Institute of Dr. Marc Cohen are available to pinpoint and treat spine complications. We have several convenient locations throughout New Jersey. Dr. Cohen is a board-certified spine surgeon who constantly stays informed of the latest techniques available to help heal your spine. Call 973-538-4444 or contact us to schedule an appointment.