Written by Lisa Allen, MD
I you happen to endure with back and neck pain, you’re going to adore this article. If I’ve neck pain, does that automatically mean I’ll have back pain also? I think they are outstanding questions to ask because if they are connected, and you chance to endure with neck and back pain, then the solutions may assist you to solve your personal pain, and better yet, help you learn the reasons why you appear unable to reduce your neck pain once and for all.
Certainly one of the greatest reference books relating to functioning and the anatomy of the spine ever released is aptly named: “The Spinee” edited by two exceptionally distinguished physicians, Richard Rothman MD, Frederick Simeone MD and PhD, both were Rothman for Orthopedic surgery previous Professors at Pennsylvania Medical School, and Simeone for Neurosurgery.
For the reason that chapter, the writer essentially linked how the “23 or 24 individual motor segments”, change the entire back. The chapter explains how that ailment of just one important part of a unit can exist without changing:
- The function of the other aspects of the exact same unit
- The functions of the other degrees of the backbone.
That elaborate yet straightforward statement might well hold a secret regarding how neck and back pain are linked, and much more importantly what we may do about it. In that quotation above, the author is trying to get across two points. Primarily, when there develops a problem in a single region of the spinal column, then the back will have a problem in precisely the same place, but with all the other parts of the back.
Seems like common sense really. By saying “elements of the spinal column” the writer is referring to having a trouble with all the characteristics of the construction and function of the backbone. The discs, the nerves, the joints, the bones, the ligaments, the tendons, the cartilage, and whatever else that helps make the parts because region up.
But the second more interesting point of the quote is the truth that when a problem develops having a significant component of a single unit” in the spine, a problem will develop with the function of “another amounts of the spine”. Very intriguing finding, indeed.
The key take away notion of that whole quote is the fact that a problem in one part of the spinal column will affect the other parts or “functions” of exactly the same region, and the functions of “other” areas.
So picture this, if you have practical problems in your lower back (one part), like not having the ability to bend as far as you use to do, not being as flexible, having pain with sitting, pain with standing, shifting positions, and pain with walking, then the issue can most likely be coming in the neck.
Other functional conditions that may grow as an outcome of difficulties of the neck are the even more familiar actions of day-to-day living, things like washing the dishes, cleaning up around your house, vacuuming, being on the computer, wanting to get comfortable while watching television and attempting to sleep comfortably. If you have pain with doing these actions, you may be amazed to learn that you issue may very well begin from your own neck!
As well, similar difficulties and pains that you have in your neck, unable to turn really far, pain to the top shoulders weakness to the neck, arms and shoulders may be as an outcome of the aspects of the low back. This notion the entire back can behave like a singularly associated “functioning entity” seems kind of spooky I realize. Probably even harder to believe, but I assure you as you shall soon see this idea is supported with a huge variety of references, doctors, and literature.
For example, another reference text is entitled “Disorders of the Cervical Spine”. In regards to this references publication, the writers are generally a little more specific. In this publication, Dr. Bland a Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, states that “we tend to break up the examination of the spine into the regions: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal column…it is an error”.
Dr. Bland goes on to describe why this is an error, by stating the cervical spine may “be symptomatic because of a thoracic or lumbar spine abnormality, and vice versa”. On the decades, numerous other publications point to the fact that the cervical spine and its own issues can influence perception, motions as well as the neurology of the lower back.
The neck and back impacting one another should make entire sense, if you actually only cease to think about it though. The signals that go along the spinal column in the low back must ultimately pass through the neck to get to the brain. At the same time, all of the information going down from the brain to the rear, must travel through the neck on its way down to arms, torso, lower back, and legs to be able to produce them move (and what not).
Mechanical problems of the neck unfortunately can really “mess” with both the signs originating in the back visiting the brain (called afferents) along with the signs originating or being relayed from the brain to the spine ( named motor function) .Something I find intriguing about this phenomenon is that it is old. Operating infinitely and saving innumerable lives, Dr. Cloward initiated numerous diagnostic and spinal surgical techniques.
Another interesting finding in this presentation of leg and lower back pain as a result of neck herniations is how these symptoms are“indistinguishable in the features symptoms of a herniated lumbar disc”.
If you have ever suffered with lower back pain, and haven’t been able to discover very little alleviation, or any alleviation, all the above mentioned findings should be an entire paradigm shift. A paradigm shift because, while you’ve been focusing on back exercises, epidurals in the back, physical therapy and chiropractic in the back, as well as operation in the rear, they may happen to be all for not, as the real problem, the real source of your pain, is in the neck.
Occasionally also pain in the low back and leg is the only grievance, without experiencing any pain in arm or the neck. It is not difficult to find out how we can lose the real reason for the pain, when this is how it is.
So what are the results when we miss the true cause of lower back pain, particularly if the cause that is true is coming from the herniated disc material in the neck? Well for one, lumbar back operation is often recommended by physicians. I am aware that if that were me, and physicians recommended that I’ve back surgery to relive my back pain, as well as the real cause of my back pain was coming from my neck, I certainly would wish to know that. Wouldn’t you? I realize that that statement above in the least raises several concerns that has to be dealt with.
Number one, you has to be thinking how the two, the neck and lower back , anatomically, really link to every other? Better yet, how can a herniated disc in the neck, result in function pain difficulties, and difficulties in the back? Explain it to me.
Number two, if the neck and also the compaction that occurs there can cause low back pain and leg pain have I never heard about it until now? Why is it not considered in the direction of individuals like me, folks that suffer with lower back pain and included?