The Diagnosis Behind Back Pain Continued

Brief Description:

The spine is made up of muscles, bones, and nerves. The spine is held together by disks, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments. The elements combine to allow us to stand, yet tension is applied.

The lower back makes up the larger structure of bones and joints with the joints at the hips. Hip joints connect to the pelvis, joining with the elements listed above and the vertebral column and finally connecting to the sacrum. Larger bones join at the legs, where we get our support and strength to hold up the vertical column.

The bones thicken at the opposite side of the vertebral column or spinal cord and continue up to the neck. Thicker joints start at this area and continue to join thicker bones, which begin to shrink and thin at the joints.

The larger group of bones is at the lower area and joins with the spine. At the small baseline and near the top structure, these bones join and cause stress to the back. The legs can move, which additional pressure is applied. The pressure continues to the lumbar spinal disk. This disk is affected by stress as well. To give you an example, if you were to pick up a 2000-pound object, you would have the same amount of pressure applied if you would have sat down on the couch.

At the top region of the back, we have muscles as well, which are shorter and help us to maneuver the arms, as well as the skull. Now, if you consider the elements spoken of in this article, you may wonder how they can cause back pain. When pulling up a tight pair of khakis or trousers can generate unusual tension. The tension affects the lower and upper back, thus causing pain to arise. This is because the higher muscles cannot counterweigh for the pressure group taking place at the lower region.

Back pain can emerge from the advantage we receive from the spinal column and the control over the body. The spine has a prime focus: to give us such control or advantage to stand, walk, run, sit, and so on. Due to this control, however, if we were to pick up 20 pounds, it would be the same as applying around 200 pounds on the bones, muscles, and spine.

Now, suppose you think about what I just said. In that case, you will see that as people we often take the spine for granted. Yet, the granted we take is present in the tendons, muscles, ligaments, etc. Because the stress we apply is greater than the spine can handle, injuries occur.

Sure, we all must stand, sit, walk, move, and perform daily activities, yet as we do this, we are applying stress to the spine, more so than we realize. In short, picking up a single cup of coffee is more weight than you realize.  

When one considers the spine, one must also consider weight, depth, and distance. Since the spine is made up of small and large bones and thin and thick bones and joints, the vertebras in all areas exert their own degree of force and set limits on the lower and upper back. As you can see, the pressure we apply daily to the spine gradually builds and causes lower and upper back pain. However, we still must consider inappropriate bending twice; the weight is used when lifting heavy objects and failing to bend appropriately.


A wealth of knowledge and passion is brought with dual degrees in Naturopathic and Chiropractic. A proud family man, he is devoted to his wife and two children.