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.
Broken Bones and Injuries
Sprains, Strains and Other Injuries
Diseases and Syndromes
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine
Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery
Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Surgical Treatment Options
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
Preparing for Low Back Surgery
Spinal Fusion Glossary
Surgical Options for Cervical Radiculopathy
Prevention and Safety