Learn about the causes of Spinal Injury & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Spinal Injury within New Zealand.
Spinal injuries can be attributed to sudden events or trauma to the back or from disease and disorders of the spine. Poor posture is also seen as a major factor in spinal injuries and back problems. Injury can occur to the vertebrae, discs, spinal chord and the connective muscle and tissue.
Spinal injuries can occur during an accident or while performing
everyday tasks such as gardening, lifting objects or getting in and out
of the car. In many cases, the accident or event is just a trigger
which highlights the presence of an existing degenerative spinal
There is an ongoing debate about whether manual labour increases the risks of a spinal injury. While the continual twisting and bending movements may advance degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae, people who lift heavy weights (i.e. weightlifters) are not as prone to disc problems as those professions who perform regular twists and bends during execution of their daily activities or sport (e.g. gymnasts).
A common spinal injury is that of 'whiplash'. This is an over-extension of the neck which affects the top end of the spine. The problem usually occurs after a car accident and the effects can last for weeks, months or even years after the initial event.
Other than the main symptom of pain, a spinal injury can cause a number of problems such as: