Your spine is very important, it provides balance and allows you to move and bend. You would be unable to sit or stand without the support it provides to your body. The spine is made up of twenty-four bones, called vertebrae. Each of these bones has a hole in it, similar to a donut. They are stacked one on top of the other, forming a column.
The spine is divided into four areas. The bones of your neck are called cervical vertebrae. The middle section of your back is the thoracic region. Your lower back is the lumbar area. The base of your spine is made up of the sacrum and coccyx bone, commonly called the tailbone.
The vertebrae are separated by cushioning discs. Passing through the hole in each vertebra is the spinal cord. The spinal cord contains nerves that carry signals from your brain to the rest of your body. Your spine protects your spinal cord from injury.
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