FACT SHEET: Spinal disc problems
We all have spinal discs between each of the bones (vertebrae) in our spines. Not only do they keep the vertebrae separated, they also act as shock absorbers.
As we get older, our spinal discs (also called intervertebral discs) gradually become damaged, which can cause problems such as back pain, slipped discs or - much more rarely - infection (discitis).
In this Fact Sheet we look at the causes, symptoms, tests, treatments, prognosis and prevention of spinal disc problems.