"Have Back Pain? These Are The Basic Spinal Structures You Need To Know" - Sara Angle
If you’ve never experienced back pain, consider yourself lucky. For one, it impacts every part of your day. Going for a run, working at your job, lifting your kid – even getting out of bed can be a hassle. But luckily, there are a lot of ways to treat injuries and—better yet—get out ahead of the problem by building a back that’s strong , flexible, and able to withstand all that you ask it to do. The cervical spine contains the vertebrae that make up your neck. Muscle strains are common, and they usually resolve themselves in a few weeks, said Andrew Hecht, MD, associate professor of orthopedics and neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and chief of spine surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System. Constantly looking down at your smartphone for hours at a time isn’t great, either, as it pulls the cervical spine around. Try to maintain a neutral neck as much as possible, with your chin slightly down.
- Andrew Hecht, MD, Associate Professor, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief, Spine Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System