Why Do So Many People Have Back Problems?

Most back problems are related to your spine. Your spine is made up of many small bones called vertebrae. These vertebrae are "spaced" by spinal disks that act as shock absorbers to cushion and separate your vertebrae.

Your spine serves not only to help you sit or stand upright, but also to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is the main "information highway" for your entire body, and is composed of millions of nerves. Because your spine is a delicate structure, you will experience pain whenever you strain, sprain, or in some way injure your back.