Below is a very involved picture of the anatomy of the spine. If you have a back injury, the picture below will help you understand exactly where your problem is. The spine anatomy picture below includes the cranial, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, saccrum, and coccyx. The C is cervical (neck), T is thoracic (upper back), L is lumbar (lower back), and the S is saccrum (lowest part of the spine). As you can see the spine includes a lot of branches of nerves that provide function to every part of your body. It is important to take necessary steps to take care of your back and protect it. Everybody develops a degenerated back over time, but there are ways to help strengthen the surrounding muscles and prevent disc herniation. Herniated discs are not something to take lightly. As you can see from the anatomy of the spine, the nerves spider out and can get pinched from a herniated disk. In this situation, numbness and pain can result. If you are experiencing pain in your body, it is very possible that you have a pinched nerve somewhere. You should definitely see your doctor to take the necessary steps for treatment and recovery. Don’t let the problem sit because you can be causing nerve damage and develop even worse problems in the future. Use the picture of the Spine Anatomy to determine.
As you can see from the diagram of the spine above, there are many nerves that can get pinched and cause the pain, numbness, and discomfort you’re feeling. It’s important to get an MRI of your back so that you can know for sure where your problems lies.