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What makes up the spine, or backbone?

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The spine, or backbone, is made up of a column of 33 bones and tissue going from the skull to the pelvis. These bones, or vertebrae, enclose and protect a cylinder of nerve tissues known as the spinal cord. Between each one of the vertebra is an intervertebral disk, or band of cartilage serving as a shock absorber between the vertebrae.

From: Management of Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: WebMD Health News: “FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain.”

Davis R. . August 2013. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2017

SOURCES: WebMD Health News: “FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain.”

Davis R. . August 2013. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2017

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