A common source of back or neck pain is a herniated disc, which is sometimes called a “ruptured” or “slipped” disc.
Discs are soft, rubbery pads located between the bones, or vertebrae that make up the spine. There are 33 vertebral bones that interlock, and 23 discs. The 33 vertebrae are divided into 3 main sections: the cervical, the thoracic, and the lumbar. Below the lumbar region there is the sacrum and coccyx that are a group of 9 fused-together bones.
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