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Injury of the Spinal Cord Anatomy

To better understand spinal cord injury, it helps to understand the anatomy of the spine and spinal cord.

Spinal Cord Anatomy

  • Bones of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Front view of the spine and spinal cord
  • Cross sectional view
  • The conus medullaris is the end of the spinal cord in the back.
  • The spinal cord ends in the lumbar spine at the level of L1 to L2
  • The cauda equina is a bundle of nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord.
    • Nerves of the cauda equina supply the bladder, rectum, perineum, and legs.

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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