About spine and spinal disorders
The spinal column runs from the top of the neck to the tail bone (coccyx) near the pelvis and is made up of bony structures (vertebrae) which are connected together by discs (cartilage-like structures) and ligaments. The spinal column encases the spinal cord which acts as a major nerve highway, sending two-way messages between the brain and other parts of the body, to control movement, reflexes and pick up sensory information from the environment, such as touch, pain and different temperatures.
The spine can be affected by a range of conditions including spondylosis, a degenerative condition of the spine usually caused by ‘wear and tear,’ tumours in the spine and spinal cord injuries.
to read more about spine and spinal disorders on the National Neuroscience Institute’s website, our healthcare partner in Neurosurgery care.