Spine And Pain – A Dossier

Each and every part of a human body has its own importance and specialties and it is very important to care and keep them protected from external injuries which in turn will help in keeping the internal body functioning healthy. All of us know that it is the brain that sends instructions and orders to the rest of the human body. You hit anything or you get a punch from somebody, it is the brain that tells you in a jiffy that the injured part would pain and that is how you feel the discomfort. But have you ever thought as to who transmits these orders from the brain to the other parts? Does the brain does it all by itself? No, it is the spinal cord that takes up this invaluable job of keeping the rest of the body connected with the brain and its functioning.

Spinal cord is the backbone of the body that is a thin tube like structure which is made up of 26 separate back bones (vertebrae). These bones form the protective layer around the spinal cord. Each layer has flexible discs in them glued with a fluid that allows the free movement of the back when a person jumps, bends, walks, runs etc… In all these functions, spinal cord plays a very important role. This spinal cord starts from the end of the brain and runs down to touch the end of the spine thus bridging the gap between the head and the rest of the body. With such an important role to play in the body, it is definite that all of us would have now understood the importance of safeguarding and protecting the spinal cord from any disorders which otherwise might lead to the disruption of the normal functioning of the body.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord, as said earlier, is the backbone of a human body. Imagine if this backbone is damaged, will it be possible for us to even stand or do our regular activities? No, certainly not for if the spinal cord is broken; understand that you will become immobile for the body cannot stand erect without the back support. This part is like a clutch that holds the body straight and that is how we are able to walk, run or jump.


The main function of the spinal cord is to carry signals back and forth from the brain and to the brain in the human body. When this is injured, there happens a disruption in this essential transmission which in turn will make way for severe problems. Injuries that generally happen to this cord do not tear or cut through them but is majorly because of some heavy blow that causes a fracture in the vertebrae dislocating them. These spinal cord injuries may be complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury is one that will completely damage the signal transmissions to the parts below the injured part thus paralyzing the body; in case of an incomplete spinal injury, there will be simple and slight movements in the body parts according to the orders sent from the brain. In any case, it is an emergency and needs to be consulted with a physician.

Spine Pain Relief

Back pain is a very common complaint in people who work for long hours or who travel a lot in their two wheelers especially. The major reason for this is because the back does not get a proper back support belt when it is in the sitting position for a long time. These back problems when not treated properly might lead to severe problems in spinal cords in future which might become irreparable. An immediate treatment for such injuries is essential otherwise the complications might become more complex leading to long-term problems and sometimes even life threatening complications. The type of treatment depends upon the severity and type of the injury. Few might be treated with regular medications and few might require a surgery. In any case, a proper and prolonged bed rest would heal the spine and try to bring it back to its normalcy. Though there are treatments for these spinal injuries, there is no permanent cure and once it is damaged, it remains damaged forever. Researchers and medical practitioners are trying to bring in some solution but in vain and all the advanced technologies help in only decreasing the injury`s impact on the body. 

What happensexactly when the spine is fractured?

When there is a fracture in the spinal cord, it means that the vertebrae and the small plates have moved from their original positions causing a bend in the spinal cord which results in acute pain.

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Spinal Cord injuries

 

Spinal cord, as said earlier, is the backbone of a human body. Imagine if this backbone is damaged, will it be possible for us to even stand or do our regular activities?

No, certainly not for if the spinal cord is broken; understand that you will become immobile for the body cannot stand erect without the back support. This part is like a clutch that holds the body straight and that is how we are able to walk, run or jump.

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