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

Vetebrae Associated Body Parts Possible Symptoms
 C1 Brain, head, pituitary, face, eyes, ears, blood supply Headaches, vision problems, neck pain
 C2 Eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves, tongue, sinuses Ear infections, allergies, fainting
 C3 Face, trifacial nerve, cheeks, teeth, diaphragm Neuralgia, acne, eczema
 C4 Nose, mouth, lips, eustachian tubes, diaphragm Hay fever, hearing loss, adenoids
 C5 Neck, neck glands, vocal cords, pharynx Laryngitis, hoarseness, sore throat
 C6 Neck muscles, shoulders, tonsils Pain in shoulder area, stiff neck, tonsilitis
 C7 Thyroid gland, bursa in the shoulders, elbows Bursitis, tendonitis, thyroid conditions, colds
 T1 Hands, wrists, fingers, esophagus, trachea Asthma, cough, pain in lower arms or hands
 T2 Heart, its valves and covering, coronary arteries Chest pains, tightness or constriction
 T3 Lungs, bronchial tubes, pleura, chest Bronchitis, pneumonia, congestion, influenza
 T4 Gall bladder, common duct Gall bladder conditions, jaundice
 T5 Liver, solar plexus, blood Liver conditions, low blood pressure, anemia
 T6 Stomach, mid-back area Indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia
 T7 Pancreas, duodenum Ulcers, gastritis
 T8 Spleen, liver, lower-mid back Lowered resistance
 T9 Adrenal and supra-renal glands Allergies, hives
 T10 Kidneys, appendix, testes Kidney trouble, hardening of arteries
 T11 Urinary bladder, ureters Acne, eczema, boils
 T12 Small intestines, upper and lower back  Rheumatism, gas pains
 L1 Inguinal rings, large intestine Constipation, diarrhea, some hernias
 L2 Abdomen, upper leg Cramps, varicose veins
 L3  Sex organs, uterus, bladder, knees  Bladder trouble, menstrual trouble
 L4 Prostate gland, sciatic nerve, lower back Low back pain, sciatica, urination problems
 L5  Lower legs, ankles, feet Poor circulation in legs, weak ankles, leg cramps
 Sacrum  Hip bones, buttocks, genitalia Spinal curvatures, sacro-iliac conditions
 Coccyx  Rectum, anus Hemorrhoids, 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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