Wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, and run to work. The start of every morning is a test in multitasking effectively. Yet, the ultimate multitasking is occurring within the structure of your back as you make your way through the start of your day. Your spine is a unique combination of bones, discs, joints and supportive muscles that is continually completing the tasks of keeping you upright and moving. (1) It protects the spinal cord, checks on nerve roots, relays messages to the brain, absorbs the shock of a heavy load, and supports the body.
With many parts, functions and constant tasks, the back is vulnerable to pain. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 75 to 85 percent of Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime. (3) Efficiency in performance can be hindered by:
The symptoms and causes are a spectrum that vary in intensity and urgency. Various sources recommend testing or imaging studies to confirm sensations you may have. (3, 4).