Neck Pain

Neck pain does not have to remain a part of your life. By understanding your back and back pain you can start to heal from existing pain and alleviate the potential risk of back pain in the future. The lower back is an impressive thing, composed of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and spinal discs all of which work together to ensure your body functions at its best. These elements combine to not only protect your spinal column and nerve roots, responsible for sending and receiving messages throughout your body, but they also work together to help you stay balanced at all times. Understanding the anatomy of your lower back is the first step to truly appreciating pain and pain mechanisms. Once you begin to understand the effects the posture, whether sitting, standing, driving, or sleeping, has on your body you can start to alleviate acute or chronic pain by training yourself to employ better posture that takes unnecessary pressure off of your lower back and spine. You can avoid back injuries such as a slipped disc, sciatica, spondylolithesis, piriformis syndrome, or mechanical lower back pain. If you already suffer from any of these, or other forms of acute or chronic pain, you can now properly treat your injuries whether with heat, avoiding sustained postures, avoiding repetitive movements and heavy lifting, TENS, pain killers, or seeking medical treatment from your doctor at an Atlanta pain clinic. You can now look for warning signs so as to avoid injury.

The Trunk and Spine:

At the front of your stomach is the rectus abdominus. This is commonly referred to as the “6 pack” muscles.

Then you have muscles which are located at the sides of your stomach and are responsible for helping you bend and twist. These are called the internal obliques.

You also have muscles which are located at the sides of your stomach whose job it is to assist in twisting and bending. These are called the external obliques.

There are small muscles located on each side of your spine which are responsible for stabilizing the spine. These muscles are called the erector spinae.

Then you have a muscle which is located between the pelvis and the ribs which also sidebends your trunk. This is called the quadrates lumborum.

After this you have the deepest core muscle as the TA or Transverse abdominus.

There are also small muscles which travel the entire length of your spine wrapping around the bones. These are called the multifidus.

Nerves

Your spinal cord is the main nervous system in your body. It is responsible for sending signals from your brain to all of the other nerves in your body. Every nerve that comes from and leads to the rest of your body enters and exits via the spinal cord.

You have thirty one pairs of spinal nerves which exit through your vertebrae. Where your nerves exits your spinal column is referred to as the nerve root. Where it branches into multiple smaller nerves is referred to as peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves make up your peripheral nervous system.

These nerves cover motor nerves and sensory nerves. Your sensory nerves are the ones which receive stimuli related to pain or how something feels. They sense your body movement and pressure placed against your body. Your motor nerves are responsible for stimulating movement and leading to muscle movement.

If you are suffering from neck pain, contact an Atlanta pain clinic today. The pain management specialists of Atlanta will be able to evaluate your condition and determine the best treatment options.