How do discs change as we age?

The structure of our spinal discs change throughout our lifespan. As a younger human, the spinal discs are filled with more water and are at a greater risk of herniation due to this fact. But under the knife, the spinal disc actually has the consistency of crab meat rather than “jelly”. As we get older, the contents of the disc dry out, and the risk of herniation reduces slightly. The reason why the disc would herniate would be due to the wear and tear of the connective tissue holding in the contents. But even with a reduction in pain, some research has shown that the discs still remain herniated.

So that means, the herniated disc is not a contributing source of pain. Learn more about it in today’s video.


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