Dr. Dryer - Understanding Your Spine

Dr. Randall Frederick Dryer Orthopedic Surgeon (Orthopedist) Austin, TX

Dr. Randall F. Dryer is an established and highly skilled orthopedic spine surgeon with over thirty-three years of experience in orthopedic spine care. In addition to serving in the U.S. Air Force, he followed his passion for medicine and graduated from the University of Iowa. He then obtained his medical degree from the... more

Your spine, or backbone, is your body's central support structure. The spine connects different parts of your musculoskeletal system. It helps you sit, stand, walk, twist and bend. Back injuries, spinal cord conditions, and other problems can damage the spine and cause back pain. A healthy spine has three natural curves that make an S-shape, the curves absorb shocks to your body which protect your spine from injury.

Up to 80% of Americans experience back pain during their life. The vertebrae and discs can wear down with age, causing pain. Having strong back muscles can protect your spine and prevent back problems. You should do back-strengthening and stretching exercises at least twice a week.

What are the parts of the spine?

  • Vertebrae
  • Facet joints
  • Intervertebral disks
  • Spinal cord and nerves
  • Soft tissues