Our spinal column consists of a series of bones called vertebrae which are stacked onto each other. The bones in vertebrae include:
- Seven bones in the cervical spine
- 12 bones in the thoracic spine
- Five bones in the lumbar spine
The sacrum and coccyx are located at the base.
All these bones are cushioned by discs. These discs absorb any shock that you may get from daily life activities like walking, lifting items and twisting.
Each of this disc has two parts:
- The soft, gelatinous inner portion
- Tough outer ring
Any injury on the disc causes the soft gelatinous part to protrude through the outer ring. This is known as a slipped disc. A slipped disc is also called a herniated or prolapsed disc. This causes severe implications in terms of numbness and pain along the affected nerves.