Ligaments: Fibrous tissue that tie together
Laminectomy: A surgical procedure to relieve
pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve root.
Mini-disc surgery: The insertion of an artificial
disc to replace a prolapsed disc, done through a small incision.
Lumbar spine: lower part of the spine
Sacrum: A triangular bone made up of five
fused vertebrae, both a part of the spine and forming the posterior
section of the pelvis.
Sciatic nerve: The sciatic nerve branches
off nerve roots off the lower end of the spinal cord. (The spinal
cord ends in the lower back) A sensory and motor nerve, the sciatic
nerve originates in the lumbar and sacral areas and its two branches
run through the pelvis, deep into each side of the buttocks,
through the hip, the backside of the upper leg down to the foot.
. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body -
the diameter of a finger.
Scoliosis: Abnormal lateral (side-to-side)
curvature of the spine - often congenital - with rotation of
the vertebrae within the curve.
Spinal cord: Runs from the brain down through the spinal column
Thoracic spine: the area of the spine that
is chest level
Vertebrae: 24 weight bearing bony segments of
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