The spine is a critical part of the human anatomy. It gives the body structure to keep us upright, it supports the body’s weight, and offers flexibility and mobility for walking, bending, and twisting. The spine is a complex structure that includes 24 vertebrae (in adults), over 100 joints, approximately 220 ligaments, and is supported by 120 muscles.
The spine also protects the spinal cord, which is a column of nerves that sends and receives messages between your brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord controls a variety of bodily functions, including: movement, organ function, regulating heart rate and breathing, reaction to temperature, emotional responses like anxiety, and much more. Keeping the spine healthy is vital for an active, healthy lifestyle.
Spine Conditions / Injuries and Surgical Procedures
- Degenerative disc disease
- Disc herniation
- Facet joint syndrome
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Spinal Stenosis