Our bodies are the most advanced and fascinating machine that exists. The ways in which things connect to create the functioning, thoughtful, breathing, self healing, powerful bodies in which we live is simply fascinating. With these things in mind, you should be thoughtful about your body when it starts to give you aches and pains. After all, it has been working so hard to keep you healthy up to this point, and you should listen to your body when it starts to hurt. Specifically, when you experience back pain, you need to take your body seriously. Chronic back pain can be pointing to other serious issues, such as spinal cord injury. Understanding the way your spine connects your body together and all the incredibly powerful little nerves that run along it can be helpful tools for your understanding of your source of pain. Don’t ignore your back pain; when something hurts, do some research and get in touch with a spinal and back surgeon you can trust, like the surgeons over at BNA Surgery who are leading the region in surgical advances for the back, spinal, and cranium.
First things first, let’s take a look at how the spinal cord is set up. The spinal cord itself is a long, thin, cylindrical structure that is no more that the size of your little finger in diameter. Imagine; the thing that keeps you standing upright is no thicker than your little finger! The spinal cord starts right below the brain stem and stretches all the way down to the first lumber vertebra in your lower back. After that, the spinal cord starts to blend in with the conus medullaris and eventually becomes blended into the cauda equina, a nerve grouping named because they look like the tail of a horse. All along the spinal cord are tons of little nerve endings that are the reason we have movement and feeling throughout our bodies. The tiny hollows between the vertebra in the spine offer an exit route for the nerve roots that allow this movement and feeling to happen. The brain and the spinal cord, as you may know, make up the Central Nervous System, and the nerve endings that exist here stretch out into the Peripheral Nervous System. Everything starts right there; in the brain and spinal cord areas. Therefore, paying attention to how these parts of your body feel could not be more important. If you fail to do so, you are ignoring a key transmitter of feeling and function throughout your body, which is never a smart move.
With all these nerves and nerve endings floating around your spinal column, you may be anxious about undergoing surgery in these areas, as you fear that anyone poking around might end up causing more pain and damage than what already exists. Luckily, when you decide to work with the surgeons at BNA Surgery, you are working with a powerful and innovative team of surgeons who have already make significant advances in this field. You can trust them to get the job done right!