CommunicationThe spinal cord is about one inch across at its widest and around eighteen inches long. The spinal cord is a type of tube that is filled with nerves and cerebrospinal fluid. This protects and nourishes the cord. Spinal cord added protection includes:
- Thoracic spine controls the middle of the body,
- The lumbar spine extends into the outer legs controlling that area
- Sacral nerves control the middle of the legs and organ functions of the pelvis
The brainTwo major types of nerves: sensory and motor. Sensory nerves send information like:
Referred painWhen a health problem/issue/condition takes place in one part of the body with pain being felt in another or several areas, pain specialists call it referred pain.
NervesNerves exiting the spinal cord is done in pairs with one being a sensory nerve, and the other a motor nerve. Motor nerves initiate movement and bodily function. Damage to a motor nerve could cause a weakness in a muscle or loss of function. For example, a prick in the foot that is not felt could mean there is some sensational loss, indicating a problem with the sensory nerves and or possible nerve damage. These are the nerves that control pain, temperature, etc. Sensory nerve issues can feel like shooting electrical pain Continuing with activities could exacerbate the nerve damage.