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Spinal Cord, Nerves, and the Brain

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:18:57 -0400

(image) The spinal cord, nerves, and brain make up the body's communication center. These complex structures and how they work together are explained in this easy-to-understand article.

Muscles Move and Support the Spine

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:09:02 -0400

(image) Patient-friendly article about the voluntary muscles that move and support the spine. Lack of muscle strength and flexibility is a common reason for back pain.

Ligaments Stabilize and Move the Spine

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:59:28 -0400

(image) Ligaments are strong, fibrous bands that have some but not much elasticity. Whether long or short, ligaments help secure the spinal column from the front and back. The spine's ligaments are shown in an easy-to-understand anatomical illustration.

Spinal Discs Connect and Protect Vertebrae

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:51:25 -0400

(image) The spine's discs sit between each vertebra. They are tough on the outside with a softer, gel-like fluid inside. Each time you move the spine, the discs change shape in relation to the movement.

Spine's Facet and Sacroiliac Joints

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:41:42 -0400

(image) The spine's joints are similar to other joints in the body. Cartilage, ligaments, synovial fluid, and joint capsules make up the facet joints. Learn about the Sacroiliac (SI) Joints here too.

Lumbar Spine, Sacrum, and Coccyx

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:01:22 -0400

(image) Find out how the lumbar spine is made for walking, running, sitting, and lifting. Furthermore, gain a better understanding of lordosis and why sitting may increase coccyx pain.

Cervical and Thoracic Spine

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:57:32 -0400

(image) Your neck, the cervical spine, is the most mobile section of the spine. While the thoracic spine is less movable, learn why poor posture may affect its shape and your appearance. See how these regions of the spine are similiar and different.

Bone Basics and Your Spine

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:37:45 -0400

(image) The bones of the spine, called vertebrae, are like cylindrical building blocks. They stack on top of each other like small cans separated by little cushions called discs. Learn more about the spinal column.

Sacroiliac Joint is Different from Other Joints

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:37:49 -0400

(image) Every time you walk, the sacroiliac joints distribute the shock of motion across the pelvis, thereby reducing strain on the spine. The SI joints help stabilize the body, enabling you to maintain an upright position while walking or running.

Sacroiliac Joint

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:56:48 -0400

The sacroiliac joint is one of the most important joints in the body, yet many people know nothing about it. The sacroiliac joint connects the spine to the pelvis. Without it, you wouldn't be able to stand or walk.

Intervertebral Disc Explanation | Video

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 20:30:48 -0400

(image) Video: A spine surgeon explains what the intervertebral disc is in this short segment. Helpful if you want to understand what's causing your disc-related back pain.

Vertebral Column: Backbone of the Spine

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 17:08:09 -0400

(image) The spinal column, better known as your backbone, is a strong yet flexible multipurpose structure. It is designed to protect the spinal cord, absorb and distribute shock, while supporting the weight of your head and torso and allows you to move in many directions.

Spinal Anatomy Animation

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 20:45:51 -0400

(image) How does your spine work? This straightforward video animation provides a clear picture of the inner workings of this vital part of your body.

Cervical Spine Anatomy Animation

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 20:45:51 -0400

(image) Your cervical spine (neck) is complex. Watch this animation on cervical spine anatomy and learn about the different parts of your neck.

Glossary of Spinal Terms

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 01:00:00 -0400

(image) An "A to Z" dictionary of spine terms translated into patient-friendly language.

Your Healthy Spine

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0400

(image) To understand a spinal condition, it is helpful to first understand some basics about the spine.

Vertebrae Provide Support for the Spine

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0400

An illustration of the spine with a spinal segment enlarged to highlight the location of the vertebrae, discs, pedicles, and facet joints.

Many Ligaments and Muscles Attach to the Spine

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0400

This illustration shows how the ligaments and muscles help support the spine and prevent excessive movement that could lead to injury.

Lateral and Posterior Views of the Spine

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0400

An illustration of the spine showing the posterior (rear) and lateral (sagittal) views.

Neural Elements of the Spine

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0400

An illustration of neural elements of a normal spine.