The purpose of this section is to help you understand basic spinal anatomy and how the different parts of your spine work together. Learning about the structures in you spine can help you have a more meaningful conversations with your doctor too.
Video: Anatomy of the Spine
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The human spine is an engineering miracle. Designed to support the weight of the body, a healthy spine allows for a wide range of movement, lifting, twisting, and bending. The vertebrae stack, enclose the spinal column, and protect the spinal cord -- the body’s “information highway” made up of a complex network of nerves that deliver messages to and from the brain.