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Neurology/NeurosciencesAnatomyThe spinal column is one of the most vital parts of the human body, supporting our trunks and making all of our movements possible. Its anatomy is extremely well designed, and serves many functions, including:SymptomsBack Pain, neck pain and symptoms caused by a spinal condition are a common problem for many adult Americans. The different parts of the spine are normally well-balanced and able to handle the movements, stresses, and strains of the body gracefully.DiagnosisWhat's causing my back or neck pain? It's a common question, and a visit to your doctor is an important first step toward getting an answer.Treatment OptionsDecisions regarding treatment for your back must be made carefully. In most instances, there is ample time to learn about your spinal condition so that you can make an educated decision about your care.ExercisesIn addition to regular cardiovascular exercise, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has also recommended a series of exercises that have been specifically chosen in order to help strengthen and condition the muscles that support the spinal column. These exercises can be done at home, and they do not require any special exercise equipment.TechnologyWith the advent of Minimal Access Spinal Technologies (MAST), spine surgeons are now able to remove herniated intervertebral discs in the lumbar spine that are putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots and causing pain, in a minimally invasive fashion for the first time.