Your back is an amazing and complex mechanical device. It is strong enough to support our entire body yet flexible enough to allow a range of movements.
The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae allowing flexibility of the spine. There are 7 cervical vertebrae which form the neck, 12 thoracic vertebrae which form the upper back and provide attachment for 12 pairs of ribs, and 5 lumbar vertebrae which form the lower back. The lumbar vertebrae they are designed to be strong and they connect to the sacrum. The sacrum comprises 5 bones fused together and joins to the pelvis. The coccyx provides no support to the vertebral column however does provide an attachment for muscles and ligaments.
The vertebrae form the 3 natural curves of your back, the cervical (neck), the thoracic (middle back) and the lumbar (lower back).
Back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions. In fact about 80% of adults will experience low back pain at some point throughout their lives. Often the severity of the pain is unrelated to the extent of physical damage.
The causes of low back pain can be very complex, and there are many structures in the lower back that can cause pain including:
Most low back pain is uncomplicated and will resolve itself. Usually low back pain can be linked to a general cause, such as muscle strain or a specific and diagnosable condition such as a bulged or prolapsed disc. However, some types of back pain have no known anatomical cause, but the pain is still real and needs to be treated.
Your physiotherapist will explain your injury and what they can do to help you.
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