What You Should Know About Your Spinal Discs
Your spine is made of vertebrae, or bones that interlock with each other. Between these bones are jelly-like discs that serve as cushion from continuous rubbing of the bones. In time, especially as a person gets old, these cushions that serve as shock absorbers from pressure soon wear out and lose their elasticity and thickness to protect the bones. When the ligaments are no longer firm and thick due to injury, trauma, inflammation, and other factors, the spinal discs’ inner and outer layer can no longer produce protein to keep the discs healthy.
The scientific terms for the inner and outer layer of your spinal discs are called nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus, respectively. As the terms suggest, the inner layer contains protein, and the outer layer is composed of fibrous materials. Understandably when the protein leaked out and the fibers lose their vitality, the discs they form will degenerate.