This Blog Covers:
- The spine is a complex structure that many people, apart from the spine specialists at American Spine, know very little about.
- There are a number of things that can be done to keep the spine flexible and healthy.
- In this blog, the spine specialists at American Spine ask patients how well they know their spine through a fun quiz.
Your skeletal system supports all of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and organs in your body, and one of the most important components of this structure is your spine. Over time, your spine may experience some wear and tear from minor injuries, fluctuation in body weight, or a degenerative disease.
As a result, you may begin to experience pain and other symptoms that require interventional pain care or a minimally invasive spine surgery. If you’d like to have a conversation about your spine health and meet with one of our specialists, please call 951-734-7246 today to schedule an appointment!
How well do you think you know your spine? Take our quiz and find out below:
1. People develop more bones in their spine as they age
2. Which mammal has the most neck bones?
d. Three-Toed Sloth
3. Texting can cause neck and back pain.
4. Back pain is a sign of aging.
5. A spinal cord injury to the lumbar spine is the most damaging.
1) B. When you’re born, you have 33 spinal bones called vertebrae that make up you spine. As you age, some of the vertebrae fuse together or become damaged due to degeneration. Regardless, most people have about 24 bones in their spine by adulthood.
2) D. Although giraffes and swans have long necks, they technically have the same number of cervical vertebrae as humans. Three-toed sloths have nine cervical vertebrae, so they are the correct answer.
3) A. There has been a great deal of research conducted on the effects of texting and watching movies on a tablet. Holding your head down puts added pressure on the neck, which can cause neck and back pain.
4) B. This question is false. There are a lot of conditions, injuries, and ailments that can cause back pain. Furthermore, adolescents and young adults often experience back pain due to school or work-related stress and sports.
5) B. Unfortunately, where you sustain a spinal cord injury makes a difference. Generally speaking, spinal cord injuries to the cervical spine are the most damaging because they can cause whole body paralysis. Spinal cord injuries that occur in the thoracic and lumbar spine usually produce partial paralysis.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.