Acıbadem Ankara Hospital Spine and Spinal Cord Center

About Our Spine

The spine is an organ that we don't usually pay attention to, until a problem develops, that we have not much idea about except for the fact that it keeps us on our feet... The spine is a silent hero of our body, remembered mostly with its image of chain-like rings etched on our minds during or school years. Our spine is like a guard located right in the middle of our body, that binds all our skeleton, and that protects our internal organs, and nerves and the spinal cord that pass through it, and it is on duty for 24 hours!

Come, let's get to know our spine:

The spine is an important organ allowing the person to stand upright, to move, to sit and to stand up. It consists of 32-33 vertebrae. There are 7 vertebrae in our neck, 12 in our back, 5 in our waist, 5 in our sacrum and 3 or 4 in our coccyx.

There are joints that connect these chain-like  bones and cushions called disks between the vertebrae.

What is the function of the spine?

We can think of the spine as the main column that carries our body; it connects our head at the top and our arms at the sides  to our legs that allow us to move. Moreover, it protects most of our internal organs. It protects the spinal cord that pass through it, and the nerves connected to it. 

The well-being of this highly multi-functional spine, is very important for our overall well-being. That is why a healthy spine should look straight when seen from the front or back. However, looking at it from the sides, a straight view is not considered normal. Every woman and man standing upright will have a humped sacrum,  depressed waist (lordosis), a humped back (kyphosis) and (varying degrees of ) lordosis at the neck. These are natural curves. And they all have their functions. But if those curves are more than expected, this may be a sign of spine disorders.

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