Spine Archive: Intervertebral

Spine Surgery Buffalo

What is an Intervertebral Disc?

Want to learn more about the spine including intervertebral discs and more? Search here in the Knowledge Center to learn more

Intervertebral discs lie along the spinal column and together make up the vertebral column, supporting the body as a whole. Each vertebral disc exhibits a joint, allowing motion along the spine and providing shock absorption. This joint also holds the vertebrae together.

Spine Surgery Buffalo

Axial and Radicular Syndromes & Sports, Western NY

Are you an athlete? You can find information here regarding axial syndromes and others in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center for spine & orthopedic surgery.

The physical demands of sport lead to very high compressive and shear forces often several times greater than body weight, across the three-joint complex. A normal intervertebral disc is generally more tolerant of compressive than shear force, with the potential for greater anulus disruption occuring at greater than 3 degrees of segmental rotation.¹

¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.