Know your Spine

Articles researched and written by Sally Ann Quirke, a fully qualified professional chartered Physiotherapist based in Ireland.

Your spine is a complex structure, made up of 33 individual bones (known as vertebra) stacked one on top of each other. These are supported and connected together by ligaments and muscles, giving them the stability and flexibility it needs to function and move. It also provides a protective shield to the spinal cord - a highway of nerves that connect your body and your brain. Is you start to get back pain, then it is important to understand your spine and what may the cause of your back pain.

This section provides a collection of articles that introduce the anatomy of the back.

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5 main causes of back pain »

main causes of back pain

If you are complaining of back pain, then you need to understand what might be causing that pain. This article describes the five general causes of back pain I typically treat as a physiotherapist.

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Spine Anatomy »

Understand your Spine

Explaining the anatomy of the spine can be simple or difficult. I’m opting to make it as simple as possible - so here goes!!

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Lumbar Lordosis »

Lumbar Lordosis - lordotic curve

Sometimes your lumbar lordosis may be out of alignment. However this does not always mean that you will have or get back pain, but it does require a Chartered Physiotherapist’’s opinion in my view.

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Neck Anatomy »

Understanding Neck Pain

A better understanding of neck anatomy always helps a client and myself to work more effectively together in treating neck pain. In this article I attempt to provide a simple explanation as to how the neck is built and fits…

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Useful Resources »


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While the content and materials contained in the articles on this website have been written & researched by Sally Ann Quirke, a professional, practising & fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapist (Physical Therapist) based in Ireland, they are provided for general information and educational purposes only. They do not constitute medical advice on any particular individual situation. Please see your Chartered Physiotherapist or other medical practitioner for full and individual consultation.

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