The series of vertebrae which are separated by intervertebral discs is called the vertebral column. The vertebral column has four main functions within the body: to protect, support, provide stabilization, and movement. The vertebral column provides protection by enclosing the spinal cord within the spinal canal. It provides support by carrying the weight of the body above the pelvis. The vertebral column also provides stabilization by acting as the central axis of the body, and it has roles in providing both posture and movement.