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Vertebrae Provide Support for the Spine

The spinal column consists of individual bones called vertebrae, the building blocks, which provide support for the spine. These vertebrae are connected in the front of the spine by intervertebral discs. Discs are very strong tissues, which are filled with a gel. Discs help to support the spine, and also allow it to move. Many ligaments and muscles attached to the back of the spine (posterior aspect) provide power for movement.

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Updated on: 02/01/10
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Your Healthy Spine

To understand a spinal condition, it is helpful to first understand some basics about the spine. For example: What does it do? What is it made of? What are its different parts? What does a healthy spine look like?
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