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Do not Ignore Spine Disorders

Jul 7, 13 • Disease and ConditionsComments OffRead More »

Do not Ignore Spine DisordersSpine is one of the strongest parts of the body. As soon as the main support of the body bone is disrupted,  the pain will disrupt productivity. That’s why people should not ignore the pain of the spine.

Human spine is a very vital organ of the body as it works to sustain weight. Spine includes the bones of the neck (cervical), middle back (thoracic), and lower back (lumbar/waist).

This complex structure can be moved bending, twisting and support the load carried by humans, so it is also susceptible to problems. Changes in the structure or any small balance can cause pain when moving.

When the spinal nerves are located along the spine is injured, there will be the risk of pain or numbness in the body part. While severe back injury can cause permanent damage to the spinal cord and paralysis.

Spine surgeon from Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, Dr.Chua Soo Young, explains, disorders of the spine can be caused by many things, such as musculoskeletal disorders, which shatters the bone, cause joint disorders, infections, until tumor.

But the majority of people with spinal pain is caused by lack of physical activity, poor posture, obesity, and physical and mental stress experienced.

In addition there are risk factors associated with employment, including hard physical labor, doing work with a static position such as standing still or sitting in one place for a long time.

“In people whose jobs often move their neck, such as a police or a taxi driver, usually they often experience neck pain disorders,” he said, some time ago. People should know some tips to treat neck pain.

Examination

Chua explains, the handling of spinal disorders rely heavily on the results of the initial examination. “To ensure, accurate scanning problem should be done,” said the doctor who had become the Deputy Chief of Spine Services at Changi General Hospital, Singapore.

People should always avoid spinal chord injuries. Now, a variety of diagnostic tests for spinal cord injuries is now available, ranging from X-Ray, to PET-SCAN that can find small tumors in the spine.

Chua said the handling of problems of the spine do not always end up on the operating table, most patients do not perform surgery.

“If the results of the scan and investigation showed no bone or nerve problem, maybe the problem is just in the muscles so that a massage treatment is enough,” he said.

However, he said any complaints in the spine should not be ignoredso that the problem does not get worse. Improper handling at the beginning can also adversely affect the course of the disease.

Not all disorders of the spine can also be treated. “There is a disorder that occurs only in certain body positions, such as stooped too long, so that you can do is avoid certain positions that triggers it,” he explained.

He also suggested the importance of healthy lifestyle habits such as avoiding smoking and active exercise. “In addition to doing cardio exercises, strengthening exercises are also good for the muscles and joints,” he concluded.

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