Your question: What’s at the top of the spinal cord?

What is the upper part of the spine area called?

The upper portion of the spine is called the cervical spine, and is composed of 7 vertebrae. Except for the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae, all vertebrae have three joints at each level, an intervertebral disc in the front and two facet joints in the back.

What carries messages from skin to spinal cord?

Sensory neurons carry signals from the body to the brain and/or spinal cord. Sensory neurons are found in our sensory organs such as our skin, tongue, ears, eyes and nose.

What is your upper back called?

The upper and middle back (called the thoracic spine) has: 12 vertebrae. These bones attach to your rib cage. They make up the longest part of your back.

What sends messages from your brain and spinal cord to muscle cells?

Nerves have cells called neurons. Neurons carry messages from the brain via the spinal cord. The neurons that carry these messages to the muscles are called motor neurons. Each motor neuron ending sits very close to a muscle fibre.

Which type of nerve sends messages to the brain?

The PNS nerves convey messages to your central nervous system (CNS), which is the brain and spinal cord. In case you’re wondering, cranial nerves (the ones in your head) supply the sense organs and muscles in your head.

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What is spinal code?

Listen to pronunciation. (SPY-nul kord) A column of nerve tissue that runs from the base of the skull down the center of the back. It is covered by three thin layers of protective tissue called membranes.

Is spinal cord injury a disability?

Anyone with a spinal cord injury can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits as long as the injury has lasted at least three months and is expected to make it impossible for you to work for at least 12 months.

What organ is protected by the spinal column or backbone?

The spinal cord, a pathway for messages between the brain and the body, is protected by the backbone, or spinal column. The ribs form a cage that shelters the heart and lungs, and the pelvis helps protect the bladder, part of the intestines, and in women, the reproductive organs.

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