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What is a spinal nerve pain chart?

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A spinal nerve pain chart, or dermatome chart, is a map of the spine that identifies which areas of the spine communicate with specific areas of the body, according to Spinal Hub. The 31 pairs of spinal nerves are located at the verebral levels of the spinal cord.

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Messages are sent from the brain to the spine to affect movement in every part of the body, according to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A spinal nerve pain chart provides a pictorial representation of three types of nerves: cervical nerves, which supply the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and diaphragm; thoracic nerves, which affect breathing and the muscles in the body’s core; and lumbar and sacral nerves, which affect body movement from the hips to the feet, according to Spinal Hub.

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