The spine is a stack of individual bone segments, called vertebrae, which supports the head and torso and protects the central spinal cord as it travels from the brain to the rest of the body. Spine conditions are such a common source of neck and back pain because of the tremendous stress placed on this part of the body on a daily basis.
At Laser Spine Institute we believe that patient education is an essential part of the care process. Whether you are recovering from surgery or still exploring conservative treatment for back pain, having a better understanding of your spinal anatomy can help you as you seek lasting relief. For example, knowledge about the function and makeup of the bones, muscles and connective tissue of your spine may make you less likely to overwork these parts of your anatomy.
Since the spine is primarily part of the skeletal system, learning about bone health is a great place to start. Conditions like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis occur due to changes to the structure and density of your bones. While many of these changes are age-related, there are also steps you can take to improve the health of your spine. The following section has an overview of these important aspects of bone health:
While self-education is an important part of care, there is no substitute for the experience and advice of a trusted medical professional. We hope this information can help you work more closely with your primary care doctor or with the expert medical team at Laser Spine Institute to get the treatment you deserve.
Whether you are a potential patient exploring treatment options, or a current or past patient returning to normal activities, we want to make sure you get the information and help you need.
Contact our caring and dedicated team today if you have any questions or concerns.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.