Thought this was a really great photo to explain various ailments of the spine.
From the top:
Disc Degeneration with Osteophyte Formation
The spinal disc was described to me as a jelly donut between the vertebrae.
The jelly can bulge in the disc or actually herniate/rupture and spill out pressing painfully against the nerve–that’s the scary red that you see!
The disc degeneration and osteophytes are also a pretty frightening looking deterioration of the disc and cartilage.
– “31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time…[and] back pain is the single leading cause of disability.”
– And “80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes…[and] leading contributor to missed workdays”
When we have our health, we don’t always realize how incredibly fortunate we are. 😉
(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)