The spine is an intricate structure of 24 joined bones, or vertebrae, that are stacked from the skull to the pelvis in an S-curve and protect the spinal cord. These bones are separated by spongy disks that cushion the bones, like shock absorbers, layers of ligaments and muscles, and dozens of joints.
Major nerves originating from the spinal cord pass through openings in the vertebrae, carrying signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Several of these nerves join at the base of the spine (the lumbar region) to form the sciatic nerve, the thickest nerve in the body, which runs down the leg.
While back pain can originate from any of these spinal parts, many spinal conditions, including herniated discs, which can bulge and press on a nerve root, osteoarthritis, or muscles weakened by chronic back strain are major causes of this agonizing symptom.
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