The spine, comprised of 33 vertebrae, has several special roles in the body, including:

  • Providing the support needed to walk upright.
  • Protecting the spinal cord.
  • Enabling the torso to bend.
  • Supporting the head.

The spine is supported by an intricate network of blood vessels, nerve endings, ligaments, muscles, intricate joints and discs.

More information about the spine and neck is available from the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, of which YOA is a member. Visit the Academy links below to learn more.

Spine Basics



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