Anatomy of the Spine
The human spine is the ultimate “designer frame,” with vertebrae stacked like china teacups along a sort of “S-curve.” The delicate shape keeps our weight-bearing joints (including hips and knees) working in tandem. When the spine is out of alignment, the joints and organs surrounding the spine bear the burden.
Spongy disks cushion each vertebra, providing flexibility and space for the nerves of the spinal cord to pass between. The vertebrae also shelter the spinal cord within, protecting the nerves that send signals to the muscles of the arms, legs, brain, and more.
Humans were made to move. However, life today is full of convenience, deskwork, and driving. When the muscles of the spine aren’t used or used properly, they forget their function. Other muscles come in to cover the workload.
That’s why a pain in the shoulder could be the sign of a herniated cervical disk. Or numbness and tingling in the lower leg may signal a problem in the lumbar spine. The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute provides the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, followed by rehabilitation to ensure you stay on the road to recovery.
Call 215-481-BONE today to find a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic spine surgeon.