Have you ever experienced back pain? Did you know it is one of the most common health complaints in the US? Each day about 31 million Americans report having back pain, and a lot of it comes from spinal disc issues.
Why it Matters:
Your spinal disc is a complex piece of cartilage that sits between the vertebrae (bones) that make up your spine. Your discs have two parts. The tough outer portion, called the annulus fibrosus, is made up of collagen fibers. The inside of the disc is called the nucleus pulposus, which is gel-like. The discs have three main functions: to absorb shock, hold the vertebrae of the spine together, and allow flexibility of the spinal column.
Back pain and other symptoms can occur if the disc is damaged or pressing on your spinal nerves. The following are some common disc problems.
Types of Spinal Disc Problems
Does Your Back Hurt? Back pain can significantly impact your activities and active lifestyle. If you’ve experienced back pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness, give us a call. These symptoms may be a sign that you have a spinal disc problem.
(1) Herniated Lumbar Disc. BMJ 2011
by Christopher Freytag, D.C.
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