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Thinning Of The Spine
How does one know if they have a compression fracture. When i get up my lower back hurts. Thinning of spine bone? Used too do heavy weightlifting inju
Maybe if prolonged: If there's a major change in posture, in the long run there's also a risk for strain and pain. Prevention is best. Step one is to stop using the device so often and/or try a different one like a tablet. Next one could also consider yoga or physical/occupational therapy if primary care doctor approves. If there's a problem after stopping using the phone or tablet, then a physiatrist could be seen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible, by doing stretches that target and length the spine, to permanently gain about an inch of height?
Quick answer: No: You can improve your posture and thus measure as taller. The intervertebral discs loose water temporarily so we can measure shorter at the end of the day than in the morning. Also, with age we loose disc height, so old people get shorter. So, you can do things that will temporarily make you taller by maybe an inch. However, these are not permanent. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surface anatomy: The preceding answer suggested these are seen in thin people. These are part of the normal surface anatomy and one need not be thin, or female, although they are celebrated in art. Google "sacral dimples of Venus" for some illustrative examples. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal for some people to feel slight pain when certain areas of the spine are pressed down on?
It doesn't: The goal of fusion is to get the bone of 2 adjacent vertebrae to grow together and thus stop the motion at that segment. The segments above and below will take up some of the motion and you will be stiffer. The reality, though, is that the majority of your bending motion comes from the hips rather than the spine and most patients don't notice a big difference after a 1 to 3 level fusion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recently every morning my spine is painful and i even struggle to lift myself up. What it maybe a cause of this problem?
I read the spine is the last thing to grow/add height in a person. Up until about what age does the spine grow? I've read 30 or later. Is that true?
Spine growth : The spine stops growing after puberty (around age 18). Classically the hand/wrist X-Ray has been used to measure spine age and development. Recently, the cervical spine is used to measure skeletal age. After 21 the discs and vertebral bodies begin to sag and collapse. Smoking speeds to process. We all get shorter as we age. Older folks will often remark that I have lost a couple inches in height. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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