The vertebrae are
the bones of the spine. Discs between the vertebrae support and cushion these
bones. The spinal cord runs through the vertebrae and carries messages back and
forth between the brain and the rest of the body.
The front of
the neck contains the esophagus, which carries food and liquid to the stomach,
and the trachea, which carries air to the lungs.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics