Do you know which part of your body does the following?
They are your natural shock absorbers.
They take the pounding of walking, running and even standing.
They are flexible and elastic and give you strength.
They are like a golf ball or a jelly donuts – lots of wrappings that surround a gel-like center.
They thicken during the nighttime and thin out as you walk and sit. That’s why you’re a little taller in the morning than you are at night.
If they are stressed they might become brittle and tear.
If you said, “intervertebral discs,” go to the head of the class.
Discs are like pads that fit between your vertebrae. They help give your spine its curves. Except for the top vertebrae under your skull (your atlas), every spinal bone has a disc underneath it connecting it to and separating it from its vertebra neighbor.
The tough wrappings on the outside are called the annulus fibrosis and the inner gel-like center is called the nucleus pulposus.
If your intervertebral discs are damaged your entire spine can be thrown off-center, your nerves can become inflamed and you won’t have flexibility, strength and comfort. You may experience back pain, leg pain, sciatica and weakness.
Bone spurs and degenerative arthritis of the lumbar spine can develop and this is called degenerative disc disease (DDD). It doesn’t have to be part of growing older. To prevent DDD you need to keep yourself hydrated, stay physically active, and see your chiropractor to keep your discs free from stress!
Take care of your body
Don’t assume you need disc surgery merely because an MRI shows your discs are not well. Many people who have “normal” backs have MRIs that show disc herniations, degenerative changes and narrowed spinal canals. Just because you have symptoms doesn’t mean your disc is causing the problem.
Don’t just jump into surgery – always get other opinions – especially from a chiropractor or two.
In conclusion – get regular chiropractic adjustments to help keep your discs healthy.