Suffering from back pain can leave you feeling sore, stiff and frustrated no matter how many methods of treatment you have pursued. When the spinal cord compresses, the vertebrae that are part of the spinal column may pinch nerves in the spinal column, or squeeze the flexible discs that provide a cushion space between vertebrae. Excessive standing, lifting and repetitive motions like pounding or colliding will all cause the spinal cord to compress. So what is the culprit with compression and what can you do to fight against it?
Top Common Cause: Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and mainly affects older adults. Osteoarthritis is caused by cartilage, a rubber-like material at the end of your bones in your joints, breaking down and no longer being able to provide cushion. This can occur in any joint in your body, but is most common in your back, neck, hips, knees and hands.
The spinal column, which houses the spinal cord, is the main weight bearing structure in the human body. As cartilage begins to break down in your spinal column, osteoarthritis sets in. As your body goes through cycles of damage and repair, the structure of your spinal column may also change, resulting in further osteoarthritis.
Effects Of “Sitting Disease” On Your Spine