What does the spine do?

Thomas J. Dowling Jr., MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The spine allows for our body to bend and twist into various positions while being able to tolerate loads of our own body weight but also to carry, push or pull objects yet allowing us freedom to use our arms and legs in various configurations. It is the conduit of the part of the nervous system connecting the brain to the rest of our body while also providing protection to the spinal cord and spinal nerves

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