What is the spinal column?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The spine or spinal column is a column of bones or vertebrae separated by disks, which houses the spinal cord.  Some people call the spine the “backbone,” even though it is made of many bones. This animation tells you more about the spine.


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