Flexion and extension are common to all parts of the spine; a significant degree of flexion/extension can be achieved at the atlanto-occipital joint, cervical and lumbar spine, but is restricted in the thoracic spine.
What movements can the spine perform?
The 3 movements in the spine are flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion. These movements occur as a combination of rotation and translation in the following 3 planes of motion: sagittal, coronal and horizontal.
What is the spine capable of?
The spine allows you to bend, twist, turn and do all the motions that our amazing body is capable of. Without it, we would be stiff as a board (even though you may probably feel like that anyway. Your spine is an amazing structure that is so important to your health.
What part of the spine has the most rotation?
Rotation is greatest at the specialized atlantoaxial articulations, and to a lesser degree in the cervical and lumbar spine.
What are the 4 movements of the spine?
The following movements of the vertebral column are possible: flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation (torsion). The range of movement of the vertebral column is limited by the: Thickness, elasticity, and compressibility of the IV discs. Shape and orientation of the facet joints.
What part of the spine controls what part of the body?
The nerves of the cervical spine go to the upper chest and arms. The nerves in your thoracic spine go to your chest and abdomen. The nerves of the lumbar spine then reach to your legs, bowel, and bladder. These nerves coordinate and control all the body’s organs and parts, and let you control your muscles.
How does damage to the spinal cord and nerves affect the other parts of the body?
Complete: A complete injury causes total paralysis (loss of function) below the level of the injury. It affects both sides of the body. A complete injury may cause paralysis of all four limbs (quadriplegia) or the lower half of the body (paraplegia).
Can spinal problems cause heart problems?
Patients with SCI have a higher risk of cardiovascular complications and long-term effects as well as thromboembolism and autonomic dysreflexia. The recommended evaluation of cardiovascular dysfunction includes physiological, biochemical and pharmacological tests.
What are the functions of a spine?
Your spine, or backbone, is your body’s central support structure. It connects different parts of your musculoskeletal system. Your spine helps you sit, stand, walk, twist and bend. Back injuries, spinal cord conditions and other problems can damage the spine and cause back pain.
What are the 5 areas of the spine?
The spine is composed of 33 bones, called vertebrae, divided into five sections: the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine sections, and the sacrum and coccyx bones.