The spinal column is part of the axial skeleton and its main functions are the protection of the spinal cord and the formation of the main axis of the body, providing support and flexibility. Together with the muscles and tendons around it, it enables trunk and limb innervation and their motor function. The spine is divided into four parts (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral), each with multiple vertebrae. The most common conditions are disc herniations and vertebral fractures that can compromise the spinal cord or motor function, that normally cause pain and/or numbness in the extremities (arms or legs). These complaints should be assessed by a specialist as soon as possible and we are available to clarify any doubt you might have.
“My name is Nuno Pereira Coutinho, I graduate in medicine at the School of Medicine in Lisbon in 2001 and I’m an Orthopedics specialist since 2010.”