- There are 7 cervical vertebrae in the cervical region.
- There are 12 thoracic vertebrae in the thoracic region.
- There are 5 lumbar vertebrae in the lumbar region.
- There are 5 sacral vertebrae, which are fused as one bone and known as the sacrum, in the sacral region.
- There are 3 to 5 coccygeal vertebrae, which are fused as one bone and known as the coccyx (commonly known as the tailbone), in the coccygeal region.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 1 - The Body Before and After Injury (PDF) (en español)
This fact sheet is intended to be a starting point for understanding the normal functions of the spinal cord and how those functions might change after spinal cord injury. This and other fact sheets from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center provide useful health information that is based on research evidence and/or professional consensus and has been reviewed and approved by the SCI Model Systems editorial team of experts.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 2 - Recovery and Rehabilitation (PDF) (en español)
Recovery and Rehabilitation is important to returning to functioning back to normal. There is no cure for SCI but you can learn the potential areas for improvement. This and other fact sheets from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center provide useful health information that is based on research evidence and/or professional consensus and has been reviewed and approved by the SCI Model Systems editorial team of experts.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: What you should know about spinal cord injury and recovery
This video uses simple language and images of real people who have sustained a spinal cord injury, as well as medical experts and advocates. Produced by Shepherd Center and KPKinteractive in collaboration with the American Trauma Society, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Spinal Anatomy Center
Feature Articles and Video and Animation Directory from SpineUniverse provides patient and healthcare professional education, providing clear, straightforward information on conditions related to the spine, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and scoliosis.
Overview of the Nervous System
University of Texas Medical School at Houston developed this electronic course in neuroscience that features such as interactive graphics, animations, hyperlinks, computer-assisted interactive laboratories and interactive exam reviews. The material is designed for first-year medical students, but would also be appropriate for graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates. It has also been optimized to be accessible to individuals with various backgrounds in the neurosciences and different learning styles. Ideally, readers should have had college-level courses in physics, chemistry and biochemistry, and biology.