The spinal cord is a soft bundle of nerves that extends from the base of the brain to the lower back. It runs through the spinal canal and is protected by the bones of the spine (vertebrae). Discs cushion the vertebrae and provide flexibility to the spine. Messages between the brain and the nerve roots travel up and down the spinal cord, making it possible for the brain and body to communicate.
Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics