Back To The Basics

Did you know that your spinal column is essential to the range of movement for your body? This includes your strength, support, and flexibility. Your spine is made up 5 integral parts: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx. Let’s breakdown each of these segments to see where you may be experiencing pain.


Spine Components


Cervical Vertebrae

The human body has seven cervical vertebrae located in your neck where the c1 atlas and c2 axis coexist. These vertebrae are what allows your neck to move freely. The nerves in this region of the spine help to control the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and diaphragm.

Thoracic Vertebrae

The middle of the spine houses 12 thoracic vertebrae which interlock with other components of the human body such as the ribs – attaching to the muscles of the back. The nerves in this region of the spine help to control the chest, back, and some abdomen muscles.

Lumbar Vertebrae

In order to help support body weight, the spine has five large lumber vertebrae in the lower back region. The nerves in this region of the spine help to control the back, buttocks, and some parts of the legs and abdomen.

Sacrum and Coccyx

These units are fused consisting of 5 sacral and 4 coccygeal vertebras.  The nerves in this region of the spine help to control the lower parts of the legs and feet.


Experiencing Neck or Back Pain?

We know that chronic pain in your neck or back make it hard to live peacefully. At Avala we have highly trained physicians specializing in the spine. Connect with us today so we can set you up with a consult to help relieve your pain and get you back to living!