What are Disc and Nerve Conditions?
The spine is made up of a series of discs and nerves. A disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal vertebrae. The soft jelly-like center is contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, these discs allow normal bending and turning. Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. This is how many disc problems begin.