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Can you tell me where the nerve root exits the spinal canal?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Yes

Through small side openings on either side of the spinal canal called foramen--2 at every level of the spine--right and left.

In brief: Yes

Through small side openings on either side of the spinal canal called foramen--2 at every level of the spine--right and left.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Each nerve root that leaves the spinal canal follows a pathway, starting with a branching off of the dural sac (similar to a tree branch off the trunk). Then it travels in a pathway leading to the foramen, which is an opening which includes a portion of the disc, the facet joint, and the bone pedicles of the vertebral segments above and below the disc space.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Each of 24 level

Two nerve roots exit the spine at each of the 24 levels in your from neck to pelvis.

In brief: Each of 24 level

Two nerve roots exit the spine at each of the 24 levels in your from neck to pelvis.
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