Every morning when you look in the mirror, you see your teeth, your eyes, your hair and your skin. But what about the 24 vertebrae that make up your back and neck?
You may not be able to see it or touch it easily, but that doesn’t mean you are immune to back pain or spine conditions. In fact, these conditions are so common that one in every three medical office visits is for back and neck concerns. Most of us don’t even realize how important our spine is to our daily health, at all stages of life.
Introduction to Your Spine, Your Health
Chiropractor, Dr. Don Nixdorf explains why your spine to your daily health and more importantly, why we all need to become more informed health consumers.
Chronic Neck Pain
Do you suffer from chronic neck pain? Chiropractor Dr. Don Nixdorf discusses C1, the first cervical vertebrae and explains why chronic neck pain doesn’t need to be chronic in most cases.
Headaches don’t have to be a pain in the neck. Learn more about some causes of headaches as well as the introduction of C2 from chiropractor, Dr. Don Nixdorf.
After the Crash
Most of us will be involved in a car crash at least once in our lives. Some of these crashes, even low impact collisions, can result in injury, especially to the neck or cervical spine. Chiropractor, Dr. Don Nixdorf explains why there is nothing soft about soft tissue injuries from a car crash.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
A locked or dislocated jaw can be painful. Chiropractor, Dr. Don Nixdorf discusses the cervical spine, including C4 and explains the importance of our neck to adjacent anatomy such as the temporomandibular joint or jaw bone.
Sleep and Your Spine
Pain keeping you awake at night? Don’t throw your mattress away just yet. Chiropractor, Dr. Don Nixdorf explains that there are several reasons why you may experience pain while sleeping.
One third of all teenagers send at least 100 text messages per day. The posture associated with this activity is responsible for a spine condition that has been dubbed “text neck.” Chiropractor, Dr. Don Nixdorf discusses the dangers of this posture to the cervical spine and provides tips on how to prevent these kinds of issues from surfacing.
C7 takes us to the last vertebrae in the cervical spine which marks an important junction to the rest of the body, including the shoulders and ribcage. Chiropractor, Dr. Don Nixdorf talks about a condition known as frozen shoulder and how it relates to your spine around this level.
How heavy is your child’s backpack? Dr. Don introduces us to the thoracic spine and warns us about the dangers of too much weight on a developing back.
Ribs and Breathing
Your thoracic spine is where all of your 6 pairs of ribs attach. Dr. Don tells us more about this region, including T2 and discusses the relationship between our spine and breathing.
The difference between a gold medal and 10th place is a fraction of a second. Dr. Kenneth Mikkelsen, Chiropractor for Swim Canada, tells us what we should watch for when it comes to sports injuries and optimum athletic performance. Plus, we’ll learn a little more about the thoracic spine including T3.
What is so significant about a curve in your spine? Dr. Don tells us more about T4 in the thoracic spine and discusses the dangers of scoliosis.
Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis
Just because you’ve been diagnosed with an “-itis”, doesn’t mean your health is going downhill. Dr. Don talks about T5 in the thoracic spine and emphasizes the fact that a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean a disease. It could simply mean an injury existed in the past.
Repetitive Stress / Workplace Injuries
Getting hurt on the job is a far too common occurrence. Dr. Don discusses the importance of prevention in the workplace and what to do if you do become injured.
It’s often called the silent thief because osteoporosis usually goes undetected until a fracture occurs. Dr. Dave talks about the importance of nutrition and exercise while you are young to protect your bones and health later in life.
Good posture is not only good for your health, it can help you make a better first impression. Dr. Dave helps us better understand the benefits of good posture and how to maintain a healthy shape.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can affect nerve and spine function. Dr. Dean tells us more about this condition as well as the T9 vertebra in the thoracic spine.
Is your child’s complaint really just growing pains? Dr. Don encourages us to take a closer look at our children for clues of underlying spine conditions that could affect growth and development.
Pregnancy causes profound physical changes to a women’s body. These changes, along with the extra weight from your growing baby can cause added stress to your spine. Dr. Jen discusses the T11 vertebra and how pregnant women can adjust to this stage in their lives.
Failed Spine Surgery Syndrome
Failed back surgery is more common that you may think. Dr. Rick talks about the incidence of failed back surgery and why less invasive methods such as chiropractic should be considered before going under the knife.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Did you know a chiropractor may save your life? As a result of low back x-rays, a family chiropractor may notice life threatening conditions such as an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Dr. Don explains the referral process for this condition as we continue our journey down your spine.
Running injuries are most commonly the result of inadequate training, but there are other factors that also come into play. Dr. Robert Armitage discusses the three main risks involved in running injuries and how you can ensure a safe running program.
A herniated spinal disc not only causes pain and discomfort, it can also impede nerve function and blood flow. Dr. Jerome Fryer explains how to reduce your risk of disc herniation as well as discusses the anatomy of the L3 vertebra.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Diagnosis of your condition may be frightening, but often is caused by an old injury that degenerates. Dr. Don discusses the L4 vertebra and lets us know that degeneration isn’t as scary as we make it out to be.
Hips, Legs, Sciatica
Old injuries can often manifest as pain later on in life. Dr. Don discusses the relationship between the spine and your hips and legs.
You Have a Spine
Dr. Don Nixdorf wraps up the Your Spine, Your Health series of Empowered Health. Remember, your back effects your daily health.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”