DO THE DISCS IN YOUR SPINE ‘SLIP’ ?…

Do the discs in your #spine ‘slip’?.

The spinal disc acts as a strong elastic pivot for each joint segment of the #spine, providing stability and allowing a relatively wide range of motion in all directions in the lower back and neck. When a disc starts to lose its strength and pliability, however, it can cause a range of painful and potentially debilitating symptoms.

There are 24 moveable vertebrae on your #spine which are separated from one another by your discs.

Each disc consists of a soft inner part surrounded by a fibrous coating. Sometimes the coating gets torn which allows the softer material to bulge out. The pain when the softer material bulges out can be excruciating and this condition is commonly known as ‘a slipped disc‘.

However, discs are tightly attached to the vertebrae and cannot physically ‘slip’ in any way. The actual medical name for this is a ‘spinal disc herniation’.

This type of back problem can settle down after a few days and you may never have the problem again. But some people suffer from this happening on a regular basis which could result in needing an operation to fuse the discs together to stop the bugle.

Degenerative Disc Disease which can be part of the ageing process in which the discs in the #spine start to dry out, thereby losing some of their flexibility and shock absorption. As part of this process, the inner portion of the disc shrinks, providing less cushioning between the bony vertebrae in the #spine, and the outer part of the disc can suffer small tears, all of which can cause pain.

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