What are Vertebrae and what is their function?

It is important to know a few basic needs of the Human Body. Let us have a look at the make up of the Spinal Column, which extends from the skull to the pelvis and is up of 24 specially shaped bones called vertebrae. They are stacked one on top of the other, with the larger ones in the lower back section so as to support and carry the weight of the upper body.

The vertebrae are stacked one on top of the other and are grouped into the following sections:

The groups are made up as follows:

Spinal Segment No. of Vertebrae Situated Numerical Ref.
Cervical 7 Neck C1 – C7
Thoracic 12 Chest & Middle Back T1 – T12
Lumber 5 Lower Back L1 – L5
Sacrum 5 become fused Between Lower Back & Tailbone S1 – S5
Coccyx 3/td> Tailbone No Ref #

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