Your Spine and Your Health

Symptoms of Possible Spinal Injuries

The human spine acts as the foundation and framework of the body. When the spine is ill, other parts of the body can become affected as well. Car accidents, sitting for long periods of time, bad posture, alcohol or drugs use, improper lifting, emotional stress and chemical imbalances are a few causes that can hurt your spine.

Dr. Burak Ozgur, Top US Neurosurgeon, has compiled a list of possible symptoms and and spinal injuries to better help you understand your body.

Spine Signs and Symptoms Chart

VetebraeAssociated Body PartsPossible Symptoms
 C1Brain, head, pituitary, face, eyes, ears, blood supplyHeadaches, vision problems, neck pain
 C2Eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves, tongue, sinusesEar infections, allergies, fainting
 C3Face, trifacial nerve, cheeks, teeth, diaphragmNeuralgia, acne, eczema
 C4Nose, mouth, lips, eustachian tubes, diaphragmHay fever, hearing loss, adenoids
 C5Neck, neck glands, vocal cords, pharynxLaryngitis, hoarseness, sore throat
 C6Neck muscles, shoulders, tonsilsPain in shoulder area, stiff neck, tonsilitis
 C7Thyroid gland, bursa in the shoulders, elbowsBursitis, tendonitis, thyroid conditions, colds
 T1Hands, wrists, fingers, esophagus, tracheaAsthma, cough, pain in lower arms or hands
 T2Heart, its valves and covering, coronary arteriesChest pains, tightness or constriction
 T3Lungs, bronchial tubes, pleura, chestBronchitis, pneumonia, congestion, influenza
 T4Gall bladder, common ductGall bladder conditions, jaundice
 T5Liver, solar plexus, bloodLiver conditions, low blood pressure, anemia
 T6Stomach, mid-back areaIndigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia
 T7Pancreas, duodenumUlcers, gastritis
 T8Spleen, liver, lower-mid backLowered resistance
 T9Adrenal and supra-renal glandsAllergies, hives
 T10Kidneys, appendix, testesKidney trouble, hardening of arteries
 T11Urinary bladder, uretersAcne, eczema, boils
 T12Small intestines, upper and lower back Rheumatism, gas pains
 L1Inguinal rings, large intestineConstipation, diarrhea, some hernias
 L2Abdomen, upper legCramps, varicose veins
 L3 Sex organs, uterus, bladder, knees Bladder trouble, menstrual trouble
 L4Prostate gland, sciatic nerve, lower backLow back pain, sciatica, urination problems
 L5 Lower legs, ankles, feetPoor circulation in legs, weak ankles, leg cramps
 Sacrum Hip bones, buttocks, genitaliaSpinal curvatures, sacro-iliac conditions
 Coccyx Rectum, anusHemorrhoids, pruritis, pain when sitting

Burak Ozgur, MD, is a Top Spine Surgeon based in Irvine, Southern California. He is double-board certified and specializes in minimally invasive surgical treatments of the spine. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Ozgur, please call 949-383-4190 or contact us today.

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