Network of Nerves

Anatomical nerve mapThis is an illustration of the complexity of the network of nerves as they run from the spinal cord to various parts of the body. Knowing about your spine makes it easier to understand your back problems. Nerves branching out from the spinal cord pass through openings in the vertebrae. The spinal cord passes through a canal formed by the laminae of the vertebrae. Vertebrae stack up to form the spinal column
Discs cushion the vertebrae as your body moves. Each disc has a spongy center surround by tough fibrous bands. Poor posture and awkward body movements may weaken the disc. When a disc weakens the outer bands may not be able to contain the spongy center or nucleus. The disc may bulge or separate and press against a nerve causing pain.

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