Your back and neck (your spine) let you stand upright, bend, and twist. The spine, also called the backbone, supports the weight of your head and body and protects the spinal cord. The spinal cord connects your body to your brain.

Back and neck pain are common, and one of the top reasons people see a doctor. The pain can be anything from a minor annoyance or so severe that you can’t do the things you normally do.

What is the Spine?

The spine goes from the bottom of the skull to the pelvis. It has a column of 26 bones, called vertebrae. These bones are stacked one on top of the other.

There are three parts to the spine:

  • Neck: Cervical spine.
  • Chest: Thoracic spine.
  • Lower back: Lumbar spine.

Muscles, tendons, and ligaments hold the spine bones together:

  • Muscles are tissue that helps you move and powers up your body. (Tissue is the material that helps support your body).
  • Tendons are tough but flexible cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone.
  • Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones or cartilage. They support and strengthen joints.

Discs, rubbery cushions between the bones in the spine, absorb shock when you walk or run. They’re made of soft, jelly-like cartilage in the center surrounded by a layer of tough cartilage.

Cartilage is a type of tissue that cushions and protects joints, and prevents them from rubbing against each other.

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