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Spinal Nerves and Back Pain

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Updated March 06, 2007

The spine is made of 26 interconnected bones. Nerves exit out holes on the side and play an important role in the presence or absence of back pain.
Spinal Bones and Spinal Nerves in Back Pain

The spine is made of 26 interconnected bones. Nerves exit out holes on the side of the spine and play an important role in the presence or absence of back pain.

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The spine is a long, flexible column that is made of 26 bones that connect to one another in several areas. Along with contact, there are also holes between vertebrae. Spinal nerves exit those spaces created between two adjacent vertebrae. The nerves transmit messages about feeling, position and movement to and from the brain. Common back problems are often due to pressure put on a nerve by some part of the spine, such as a herniated disk.
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