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What is the Spine?
consists of 33 individual bones. Each bone is stacked on top of the other. In medical terminology, these bones are known as the vertebrae. Each individual bone is known as the vertebra. Though making up only a fraction of the bones in our body, the spine allows us to stand upright and allows us to do many complex maneuvers with our bodies. The spine also protects the spinal cord. The spine can be divided into three main areas that are moveable and two areas that are fused and set in place. Below is a brief explanation of each part of the spine.
The cervical or neck section of the spine mainly functions to support the weight of the head. There are seven cervical vertebrae or bones. Each vertebra is labeled with a C and with a number corresponding to its location.
The thoracic, or mid-back, section of the spine mainly functions to hold the rib cage in place and protect the heart and lungs. There are twelve bones in the thoracic section of the spine. Each vertebra is labeled with a T and with a number corresponding to its location.
The lumbar or low back section of the spine mainly functions to support the body weight. There are five lumbar vertebrae. Each vertebra is labeled with an L and with a number corresponding to its location.
The sacrum is the large, triangular bone at the base of the spine. It connects the spine to the hip bones.
The coccyx or tailbone is the bottommost part of the spine. It has a curved appearance, which makes it look like a tail.