Your spine stretches all the way from your skull down to your pelvis and contains 33 individual bones, known as vertebrae. These vertebrae are instrumental to the strength, support, and flexibility that your spine provides. It also protects your spinal cord. The vertebrae are held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments and cushioned by spongy intervertebral discs.
Over time, your vertebrae, ligaments and muscles around at any level of the spine, can wear and tear due to the natural deterioration associated with the aging process. This can cause a variety of degenerative spine conditions, which can potentially result in a number of painful symptoms.
- Lack of exercise
- Poor posture
- Injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain)
- Repetitive stress
- Being overweight
Therapy for back and neck conditions focuses on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the spine and its joints