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We treat many back and neck conditions that cause chronic pain such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, car accident spinal injuries, concussion and much more. Our experience treating a wide variety of spinal conditions allows us to safely and accurate diagnose and resolve issues of the spine with comprehensive care.
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8 Surprising Facts About the Spine from Stockbridge Spine Doctors
The spine is one of the most overlooked parts of the body. But when it starts to cause pain and other issues, it could lead to a tremendous amount of pain, disruption, and serious health issues.
While we know the spine protects the spinal cord, makes us upright, and makes our body flexible, are there other things you know about it? Here are 8 surprising things about the spine:
1. Your Spine is Like the Electrical System of a Home
The spine is the lifeline of the body. It receives and sends millions of signals from the brain throughout the rest of your body. From your immune system’s fight against viruses and bacteria, to how you sip your coffee, to how you react when you touch a hot frying pan – your spine is responsible for carrying the signals from the brain to your body. If your body was a house, your spine is its electrical system.
2. You’re Taller in the Morning, and in Space
Your spine consists of 25% cartilage, which is affected by gravity. The later it is in the day, the shorter you will be due to the effects of gravity on your spine. Therefore, you are the tallest when you wake up because gravity has not affected your spine’s cartilage yet. In space, astronauts gain as much as 2″ in height because the lack of gravity expands the cartilage in the spine.
3. The Spine and Greek Mythology
The top of the spine is called the Atlas, which was named after the Greek titan god Atlas, who was responsible for holding the weight of the world on his shoulders. Similarly, the Atlas vertebrae are responsible for holding the head of the body.
4. We Have the Same Number of Vertebrae in the Neck as Giraffes
One would think that giraffes have a lot of vertebrae, but surprisingly, humans have the very same amount of vertebrae on the neck, which is only 7 cervical vertebrae.
5. Smoking Increases Back Pain
Most people would think back pain is caused by muscle strain, injuries, or poor posture. But did you know that smoking can actually cause back pain? This is because smoking decreases blood flow and circulation on the spine, increasing the risk for back pain and reducing recovery time from injuries.
Aside from making your lungs weak and a host of other health concerns, smoking can actually increase your chances of going to a Stockbridge back specialist.
6. We Lose Some of Our Vertebrae in Adulthood
We don’t actually “lose” any of our vertebrae, but they fuse together, making their numbers decrease. At birth, we are born with 33 vertebrae and by the time we are adults, we will only have 26. This is because some of our vertebrae fuse together, such as the formation of the sacrum [back of the pelvis] and the coccyx, or otherwise known as the tailbone.
7. The Spine Has Incredible Memory
If you have bad posture in childhood, chances are, you’ll have bad posture in adulthood. This is because your spine has an incredible memory, making it hard to correct bad posture. But once it’s corrected, though, the spine will most likely remember the good posture, too.
This is why it’s essential that children are taught to practice good posture early in their lives, or that bad posture is corrected early on. In adulthood, correcting a posture problem might require the help of an orthopedist or a Stockbridge spine specialist.
8. About Half of Spinal Cord Injuries Are Caused by Motor Accidents
About 47% of all reported spinal cord injuries in the US are caused by a vehicle motor accident. This means if you get into a motor accident, you’ll more than likely need to see a Stockbridge back pain doctor attend to your needs.
If you are having problems with your spine, complain of constant back pain, or need to correct your posture, AllSpine Laser and Surgery Center has over 20 years of experience serving the needs of clients in three locations in the Atlanta Metro Area. If you’re looking for a Stockbridge back doctor, AllSpine Laser and Surgery Center is the clinic that can help.
Back Surgery in Stockbridge GA
Call us today to schedule a same day appointment at one of our 3 locations around the Stockbridge area. Benefits of scheduling an appointment with AllSpine include:
- In-house Open MRI machines for accurate and comfortable diagnosis.
- Comprehensive treatment plans to relieve your symptoms and pain.
- We use the least invasive solutions possible to save you risks & complications.
Dr. Shahram Rezaiamiri
Dr. Shahram Rezaiamiri, MD, FACS he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle in 1988. Before going back to UW to attend medical school, he worked for GTE Research Labs in Boston and spent a year in Texas in their GTE’s telecommunications division. Dr. Rezaiamiri finished medical school in 1994 and then attended the University of Rochester and completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. In 1998, he spent one year in Virginia completing a fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery. He has been in Atlanta since 2001. Dr. Rezaiamiri has extensive experience in treating complex spinal disorders. He was the first in the south Atlanta area to perform minimally invasive spinal discectomy and fusion. He also has extensive experience in treating brain tumors. He was the first to introduce the Computer Based Stereotactic Image Guided Surgery in the Atlanta area for the treatment of brain tumors. Dr. Rezaiamiri is presently one of the few spine surgeons who perform the new minimally invasive spinal fusion technique, XLIF. Fellow Member of the American Board of Neurosurgery. Dr. Rezaiamiri has privileges at Piedmont Henry, Southern Regional Medical Center, and Piedmont Atlanta.
Dr. Robert Friedman
Dr. Robert Friedman, MD, FACS specializes in Neurosurgery. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook and then went on to receive his medical degree at the State University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in neurosurgery. Dr. Friedman is board certified in neurosurgery and has special interests in spinal disorders, including spinal stenosis, herniated disks, and tumors of the spine. He also has a special interest in neurostimulation for chronic pain. Dr. Friedman has over 30 years of experience in Neurosurgery. He is currently accepting new patients at our Stockbridge and Newnan locations.
Dr. Bradley Troxler
Dr. Bradley Troxler, DO is a physiatrist specializing in the conservative and interventional management of complex spine and musculoskeletal conditions. He is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. After earning his Osteopathic medical degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he went on to complete his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Boston Medical Center in 2012. Additionally, he elected to pursue subspecialty fellowship training in both Osteopathic Neuromuscular Medicine and Interventional Spine, of which the latter was completed at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. He is skilled in the use of ultrasound- and fluoroscopy-guided procedures, and in the use of Osteopathic manual medicine in the treatment of complex spine and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Troxler emphasizes the importance of exercise and movement in both restoring function and improving patient outcomes. He has a special interest in the use and advancement of regenerative medicine modalities.