In Western society we are often taught that the human spine is weak or vulnerable and that we should be very careful not to injure it.
In fact when you look closely at the spine you can see how tough how well designed it is to do its job.The spine is an amazingly strong and clever structure.
I meet many people with back pain who don't really know what their back anatomy actually looks like, I normally show them a model and explain it to them. Very often they feel better when they can see the different parts that make up the spine.
I'm going to try and do the same thing here as its important to understand your back anatomy before thinking about what is causing your lower back pain. By the way , the lower part of your back is also called the lumbar spine.
|This overview of the spine has a diagram showing how all the major parts of your back connect together.Take a closer look at the diagram of a typical vertebra - the building blocks of your spine.|
|Pictures of spinal discs including an x-ray showing the space where a disc sites.|
|One of the main functions of the spine is to protect the spinal cord. This section has a diagram of the cord and an illustrated review of spinal cord anatomy and its importance in lower back pain.|
|All about your abdominal and back muscles including the core stabilising muscles.|
Lordosis is a term used to describe the curve in your lower back - it is not a disease or condition. This section explains the medical terms used commonly to describe lower back postures.