Know your Spine !

Human-Spine1-300x240Your spine is made up of 33 irregularly shaped bones called vertebrae. Each vertebra has a hole in the middle through which the spinal cord runs. The spinal cord can be divided into five different regions, from top to bottom:

  • Your 7 cervical vertebrae supports your head and neck and allows you to nod and shake your head (C1-C7)
  • Your ribs attach to your 12 thoracic vertebrae (T1-T12)
  • Your five sturdy lumbar vertebrae carries most of the weight of your upper body and provides a stable centre of gravity when you move (L1-L5)
  • Your sacrum is made up of five fused vertebrae. It makes up the back wall of your pelvis
  • Your coccyx  or the tailbone is made up of four fused vertebrae. It is an evolutionary remnant of the tail found in most other vertebrates

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