Nearly 90 percent of the population experiences painful spine symptoms at least once in their lifetime. The spine is one of the most complex systems in the human body. Accumulated wear and tear, as well as age, increase our risk of spinal conditions, particularly in the lower back.
Common causes are injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain), arthritis and poor posture. Disc degeneration and/or herniation can occur in either the cervical or lumbar spine, and are often referred to as “ruptures,” “bulges,” and/or “slipped disc”. Sensitive nerve roots may be irritated or compressed, resulting in arm or leg pain (“sciatica”). The word “pelvis” literally means “basin” and serves as a support system for abdominal content as well as a source of stability and propulsion for the torso and legs. A myriad of issues can arise following trauma, chronic mechanical overuse, pregnancy and childbirth.