Spinal Discs

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Spinal Discs: Overview

There are 23 vertibral discs that make up the spine, they are unique structures and have 3 main functions:

  • Shock Absorber: Discs are positioned between each vertebra, cushioning the spine as you move.
  • Structure:  Discs are tough ligaments that hold the spine together.
  • Mobility/Flexibility: They are cartilaginous joints that allow for mobility in the spine.

If you would like to learn more about Degenerated L4 and 5 spinal discs, click here:

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Anatomy of the Spine.

 

Injuries

  • Herniated or slipped disc is one of the most common disc injuries.
  • Bulging Disc
  • Degenerative Disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis

 

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc happens when the gel-like center of your disc breaks out through a tear in the disc wall.  The soft material inside the disc pushes through a tear in the exterior.  If the disc compresses your nerve root, you may suffer pain, numbness, and weakness in the area supplied by the nerve.  In rare cases, a minimally invasive surgery may be required for pain relief. Here are the top 5 tips for herniated disc pain relief.

Degenerative Disc Disease

The aging process causes degenerative disc disease as your discs naturally deteriorate as you age.  This causes the vertebrae to sit closer together and have less stability. These changes may be accompanied by other arthritic changes and cause inflammation or encroachment on nerve structures.

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