The tissues between the bones in your spine are called intervertebral discs. These
discs are composed of a soft gel-like centre and a tough outer lining.
Despite its name, degenerative disc disease isn’t actually a disease. But that doesn’t make the pain it causes any less real.
Spinal stenosis is a condition caused by narrowing of the spinal canal. In medical terms, stenosis refers to a narrowing or stricture of a duct or passageway.
Scoliosis, or abnormal curving of the spine, affects about 3% of people. Mild cases may not affect daily living. But severe cases can be painful and limit normal activity.
Spinal fractures are quite common. In Australia, there are an average of 4,000 patients treated for osteoporotic spinal fractures each year.1