These are twelve vertebra of the mid back. The last vertebra (on
the left side of the picture) attaches to the lumbar (lower) spine,
and the top vertebra (on the right) attaches to the cervical (neck)
section of the back. The vertebra are broader and stronger than the
cervical bones. This allows them to absorb the added pressure
applied to the mid back, but they remain a common sight of injury.
The vertebra are numbered from one to twelve and labeled T1, T2, T3
etc. from the upper most bones to the lowest.
Review Date: 08/10/2008
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of
General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical
Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org)