The Anatomy of the Back

Properly implementing chiropractic therapy methods to relieve back pain and other ailments requires an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the back. This article will provide you with information regarding your back’s anatomy and some tips on how to prevent and alleviate back pain.

Understanding the Anatomy of the Back

There are many different structures in the anatomy of the back that work together to support your body. Problems with any one of these structures can cause back pain.

  • There are four regions of the spine:
    • Cervical spine.
    • Thoracic spine.
    • Lumbar spine.
    • Sacrum and coccyx.
  • Parts of the spine and back include:
    • Vertebrae – small bones stacked on top of one another, which protect the spinal cord.
    • Spinal cord – long bundle of nerves that run down the back through a canal in the vertebrae.
    • Intervertebral discs – cushion-like pads between the vertebrae that act like shock absorbers and spacers for the spine.
    • Ligaments – short bands of tough, flexible tissue that hold the vertebrae in place.
    • Tendons – cord of tissue that connects muscle to bone.
    • Muscles – a bundle of dynamic fibers that support your spine and upper body and help you move.

National Institutes of Health

Anatomy of the back

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