Prof. Dr. Cem Dinç said, “Waist and neck pain is the second most common disease in the world, after upper respiratory tract infections, causing loss of work and power. The back and neck disorders, which are more common in desk workers, have gained a different dimension in the Kovid-19 pandemic we are in. He said, “Back and neck problems grew in the period of one year, when desk work in sofas was concentrated, sedentary home life increased and exercise areas were restricted.”


Stating that there are many diseases that cause spine disorders, Prof. Dr. Cem Dinç continued his words as follows:

“If we put aside the factors that cannot be changed, such as our genetic characteristics or congenital diseases, we observe that the wrong choices in life of a large patient group are effective in spinal disorders. Environmental factors, inactivity, malnutrition, obesity, smoking, lifestyle, doing sports, working life. Many factors disrupt the structure of the spine. This situation paves the way for the development of many spine diseases, especially lumbar and neck hernia. “


Emphasizing the importance of home exercise during the pandemic period, Prof. Dr. Dinç said, “The important thing is to try to live and work in accordance with the posture of our spine, to support our spine by strengthening our muscle tissue by exercising. Nowadays, when sports areas are limited, we need to get into the habit of doing light and moderate exercise at home. “We should walk for at least half an hour a day, and complete the exercise with exercise movements that strengthen the back and neck area.”


Referring to the false belief among the public that the most important symptom of hernia is usually severe pain, Prof. Dr. Cem Dinç said, “Hernia can grow without pain. It is possible to find a hernia frequently in the waist and neck MRI that we will take randomly in the healthy 30 to 50 years old group who do not have any pain complaints. What is important here is whether the hernia grows and puts pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve root. “If there is a clinical reflection of the radiological diagnosis we see in MRI, this problem is a back and neck disease.”


Explaining that most of the hernias that do not relieve pain or cause loss of strength despite the treatment require surgical intervention, Dinç completed his words as follows:

“The vast majority of lumbar hernias that require surgery cause pain spreading to the leg, and neck hernias to the arm. It is inevitable for these patients that neck pains spread to the back, between the shoulder blades. The purpose of surgery is to eliminate the pain that spreads to the leg and arm, which reduces the comfort of life.”

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