Spinal fusion - series
The vertebrae are the bones that make up the spinal column, which surrounds and protects the spinal cord. The intervertebral discs are soft tissues that sit between the vertebrae. The discs act as cushions between vertebrae and absorb energy while the spinal column flexes, extends, and twists. Nerves from the spinal cord exit the spinal column between the vertebra.
Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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