The Side Effects of Gravity

Gravity. We are born with the force acting on us. We live and pass on with the force permanently acting on us. Yet when we live, every waking day we fight this force. We jump, we fly, we glide, we do everything within our grasp to counter and best this steady pull called gravity. Naturally a lifetime of fighting against gravity will have its effects. These effects are visible on all parts of the body, but the effects on the skeletal system causes the most amount of discomfort or debilitation.

How can the force of gravity be the cause of any problem, that too skeletally? Well, when we examine this factor the first consideration we need to pay heed to is that our bodies have evolved over millions of years to be the way that we are. Factors that are detrimental to the ethos have disappeared, appendages that have no working sense have long gone, and evolution is on a constant effort to make the body as efficient as possible without the need for anything vestigial. As a result of which, when man started to stand on his hind legs and walk and pretty much continued to stay that way, there was an inordinate amount of pressure on the spine. The vertebral column was not intended for the standing position for extended semi permanent state. As a result of which over millions of years, new muscle groups came into being, and the vertebral column morphed in shape to adjust to the new normal – the biped.

Studies indicate that we are in a constant state of evolution and the human body is constantly changing every generation. This means that the vertebral column too, is changing. Nothing is perfect, including the present form. The inconsistencies and the aspects of our bodies that are not perfect are the areas that will give us trouble over the lapse of time. The human body is an amazing machine and the extent to which it changes itself to adapt to new circumstances is nothing short of amazing. Therefore the human body has evolved to make the vertebral column extremely strong, as it is the single element that not only gives the human his profile, but is also the holder of the head and the literally gives the body its shape. The vertebral column has evolved to this super strong pillar that can take a lot of beating, be it twists and turns, flexion and sudden impact.

Like we discussed earlier the impact gravity over the years as a result of activity, manifests itself as discomfort and restriction in range of motions. The type of lifestyle determines the type of vertebral degradation. The analysis cannot be symptomatic as the manifestation of pain and discomfort need not be progressive, but can vary from individual to individual. The best way to determine the extent of damage is by proper consultation with a medical professional. Take for instance a person who is a professional driver. It could be a passenger car or a big rig, that does not matter, but the forced lifestyle for this person would be several hours being seated with dull impacts constantly happening on the spine. Over the years the body loses the battle against gravity as the wear that happens as a result of this posture starts to impact regular mobility and living. Where parts of the vertebra wear out to such an extent that the meniscus is damaged and the individual vertebra gets distorted as a result of excessive rubbing against each other. The bones do not grow back on their own and kyphosis that happens as a result is permanent. This is the impact of gravity on the skeletal structure over time, given particular non optimal choices of lifestyles.

This is where Endospine Surgery shines. At Navaladi, with the advanced equipment that medical innovation has to offer, along with the decades of proficiency in the field with the handling of thousands of procedures that are way beyond challenging, kyphosis can be reversed to a surprising degree. Spinal compression, bulging discs are also easily treatable using the minimally invasive techniques at our disposal today. Bulging discs are cases where, due to adverse pressure exerted by a particular vertebra on the one below it, the tissue layer called the meniscus that sandwiches the two vertebral bones preventing them from making contact, gets pushed through and may even come into contact with the spinal nerves, causing a great deal of discomfort, not to mention debilitation in action and movement as well.

While the gravity is a constant, what is not a constant is our battle against gravity. As the skeletal structure gives way over time, the endoscope at Navaladi dives in to make life normal, without conventional dissections and extremely long recovery rehabilitation times. Our battle against gravity will go on, evolution will work very slowly in changing our bodies to what we actually desire, but in the meantime, Navaladi Endoscopic Spinal Surgery keeps the flag of normal living, flying high.