The spinal cord may look like a single piece, but it consists of a column of nerves protected by the myelin sheath and secured by 31 vertebrae extending down the length of the spine. Medical pathology of the spinal cord and its related dysfunctions can be classified into 4 sections and 1 sub-part: Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral and Coccygeal region. Implications include nervous, musculoskeletal, sympathetic and internal conditions.
Cervical impairments can lead to:
- Loss of function or sensation in the arms and legs
- Compromised cognitive abilities such as memory loss
- Compromised upper body conditions such as a headache, blurred vision, tinnitus, thyroid, and calcification of the spinal process etc.