Chronic headaches are a common debilitating problem here in the US, affecting approximately 45 million Americans!
The neck is required to support your 8-12lb head every day, allow you to swivel, look up, look down, and protect your spinal cord, as it exits your skull and transmits all the messages from the brain that control every function in your body. What could go wrong there, right?
The key to fixing shoulder or arm pain is to first understand that there are a great deal of reasons you can be experiencing these symptoms.
The mid back (thoracic spine) gets very little attention compared to the neck and lower back, because it by far the least likely area of the 3 to give you problems. It’s like the quiet, middle child, that gets ignored because everybody is focused on the trouble making, oldest and youngest children.
You are not alone! It is estimated that over 80% of the population will experience lower back pain during their lifetime, and 31 million Americans are experiencing lower back pain at any given time!
Pain down one or both legs, often referred to as sciatica, can range from a dull annoyance to an extreme, incapacitating pain. The sciatic nerve is actually a large bundle of many smaller nerves that originate from the spine in your lower back.
Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), Osteoarthritis, and Spondylosis are all fancy, scary sounding terms for essentially the same thing. They all mean wear and tear in the joints.
From the second vertebra (spinal bone) at the top of your neck (cervical) to the lowest lumbar vertebra in your lower back, you have intervertebral discs that connect these bones and act as shock absorbers.