The spine is a complex structure of bones, nerves, discs, joints, ligaments, and muscles. It provides a core structure for the body and gives it support. The spine also protects the spinal cord, a column of nerves connecting brain to body so the body can move and experience sensations. Spinal tumours are abnormal masses that grow on or around the spine, disrupting sensory and motor function. Spinal tumour decompression removes pressure on nerves by removing the tumour and portions of the vertebrae involved with the tumour.

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