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The Intervertebral Disc

The intervertebral disc = We have 23 intervertebral disks composed of 80% water. They are located between the vertebrae in the spinal column. They consist of a gelatin core and an outer fibrous ring and act as our spinal cord's shock absorbers. They give the vertebrae their flexibility. After we turn two years of age, they are no longer supplied by the blood vessels and from then on are only "nourished" by our movement. For example, when we lie down, the intervertebral discs regenerate and absorb liquid lost due to the pressure from the weight of the body (e.g. from sitting).

Muscles and ligaments are attached to the right and left of our spinal column.

Herniated Disc

When we experience a herniated disc, the exterior fibrous ring of the intervertebral disc is damaged, allowing the gelatin core to escape and exert pressure on a nerve or on the spinal marrow. The result can be any number of ailments. Pain, relieving posture, reflex problems and even paralysis of the nerve involved.

A fast, competent diagnosis, consultation and treatment can sometimes take care of the problem and preclude the need for an operation. See also: "The Treatment".

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