Anybody who has experienced a damaged spinal disc understands how painful it is. Every movement seems to make it worse. This pain is a warning signal that you should heed. If you take appropriate action, the discomfort usually stops, and your disc problems can be corrected.
Spinal discs are rubbery pads between the vertebrae, the specialized bones that make up the spinal column. Doctors call them intervertebral discs. Each disc is a flat, circular capsule about an inch in diameter and one-quarter inch thick. They have a tough, fibrous, outer membrane (the annulus fibrosus), and an elastic core (the nucleus pulposus).
Disc problems are sometimes lumped together under the term degenerative disc disease. Change in the condition of the disc is a natural result of aging. This is part of our gradual loss of flexibility as we grow older.
But disc degeneration is far more serious in some people than in others. Poor muscle tone, poor posture, and obesity also put excessive strain on the spine and the ligaments that hold the discs in place.
The above information is for general education purposes only. Please ask your doctor specific questions during your visit.