Which spinal nerves affect which parts 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.
Where do most spinal nerves exit?
All spinal nerves—except the first pair—emerge from the spinal column through an opening between vertebrae, called an intervertebral foramen.
What are the nerves coming out of the spine called?
After the spinal cord stops in the lower thoracic spine, the nerve roots from the lumbar and sacral levels come off the bottom of the cord like a “horse’s tail” (named the cauda equina) and exit the spine.
What are the two roots of a spinal nerve?
Each spinal nerve has two roots, a dorsal or posterior (meaning “toward the back”) one and a ventral or anterior (meaning “toward the front”) one. The dorsal root is sensory and the ventral root motor; the first cervical nerve may lack the dorsal root.
What part of the spine controls the heart?
Thoracic (mid back) – the main function of the thoracic spine is to hold the rib cage and protect the heart and lungs. The twelve thoracic vertebrae are numbered T1 to T12.
What does nerve pain in lower back feel like?
Sharp, stabbing, shooting, and/or shock-like pain that radiates from the lower back into your leg. Burning sensation in your lower back and/or legs. Pricking (pins and needles) sensation in your back and/or legs.
How does damage to the spinal cord and nerves affect the other parts of the body?
A spinal cord injury stops the flow of messages below the site of the injury. The closer the injury is to the brain, the more of the body is affected. Injury to the middle of the back usually affects the legs (paraplegia). Injury to the neck can affect the arms, chest, and legs (quadriplegia).
How are the spinal nerves organized once they exit the cord?
The cord is segmentally organized. There are 31 segments, defined by 31 pairs of nerves exiting the cord. These nerves are divided into 8 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral, and 1 coccygeal nerve (Figure 3.2).