3 Reasons Why You Should Get A Spine Check-Up

What are the reasons why you should get a spine check-up?

  1. The Spine Affects Your Whole Body
  2. It Can Determine What Causes Pain
  3. Spinal Problems Can Occur Without Symptoms
Not many people think of getting a spine check-up. But it is needed more than you realize — even if you are not experiencing pain. Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. It is part of the central nervous system and helps transport messages from the brain to other parts of our body. If you want to know the reasons for a spine checkup, read on!

The Spine Affects Your Whole Body

Doctor checking patient's spine It is impossible for a human to move without a spine. The organs will also not function. This is because the spine protects the spinal cord, which connects the nerves from the brain to the rest of the body. This is the reason why you don’t even have to think about moving your limbs, you just do.  This is also why when a nerve is affected, a part of the body experiences paralysis. A spinal injury will affect the movement of the muscles, like the diaphragm and abdominal muscles, which affects breathing and coughing. The spine is also the reason why you can stand upright. It helps the body balance its weight, especially with the proper posture. The lumbar spine, which is connected to the pelvis, bears the load when moving, especially when carrying objects. This is why you experience back pain when you sit or stand in improper positions. 

It Can Determine What Causes Pain

Back pain is commonly experienced by adults. Normally, it comes and goes with rest. But is also a common symptom of other problems with the spine. Without a check-up, you can’t diagnose root problems. One of the problems you may be experiencing is a ruptured disc. A disc is a cushion that keeps the vertebrae from rubbing with each other. It also absorbs any pressure that these bones may undergo. With this health condition, the disc can press on a nerve, causing pain.  Spondylitis, which also manifests as back pain in the morning and night, can also be another root cause. It can also feel stiff and painful on other parts of the body such as the shoulders and knees. It is a type of arthritis that affects the spinal joints. 

Spinal Problems Can Occur Without Symptoms

Woman feeling shoulder pain Some spinal conditions can occur even without symptoms. If you have regular check-ups, you can detect this early and prevent future problems. This will limit the stress and pain that you have to experience. Spinal stenosis is a condition that can have no symptoms. It affects the spaces in the spine where nerves travel. It may happen because of osteoarthritis, tumors, herniated discs, or physical injuries. It can be diagnosed with a CT scan, MRI, and x-ray.  Another condition is spondylolisthesis. In most people, there are no symptoms that show this disease. It happens when the bones in the spine move in and out of place, and even affect other bones. You can find out if you have one after a series of tests.

Key Takeaway

Regular spinal-check ups are essential because the spine affects everything in our body. It connects the nerves from the brain that allows even the most delicate movements of our fingers. Aside from this, it also allows our organs to function and for us to stand upright.  When we feel pain, especially in the neck and back, a check-up can help determine the root of the problem. Sometimes it is more than just a normal muscle strain, but a medical condition in the spine. It can also help detect problems even if we have no symptoms. Those are the reasons for a spine checkup. Preventing the progression of a disease is better than trying to treat it in its final stages. If you can catch an abnormality early, it is easier to cure it. If you’re interested in getting your spine checked, you may message us here. 

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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