Monkey Back Pain

Monkey On Your Back

New research is suggesting that people with low back pain may have a spine that is similar in shape to a chimpanzee. Researchers looked at the vertebrae of chimps, orangutans, and ancient human skeletons to see the shape of the bones of the spine and their relationship to upright movement and health.

The findings suggest that people with disc problems in their spinal column have a spine shape that is more closely related to chimpanzees than to the spines of a human.

Schmorl’s Node Finding:

This finding is a small herniation in the disc between the vertebrae of the spine. The disc will herniate through the vertebral end-plate. They are a common finding and can sometimes be seen on x-rays. They are often seen in older adults as the spine ages and degenerates. They may be caused by trauma to the region. They are not always associated with symptoms like pain.

What it means:

This could be a good screening tool to predict future health problems. People with this finding may be less adapted to walking upright.

What you can do:

Be proactive about your healthcare. Try to live a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet, regular exercise, and try to reduce stress. Don’t wait until you have symptoms before seeking help.


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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.