Anatomy and Function of the Spine
The spine is made up of small bones called vertebrae that encircle and protect the spinal cord. Between these vertebrae are the spinal discs, which serve as soft cushions that absorb shock when you move, giving your spine mobility. Each spinal disc is composed of a thick outer ring of tissue known as the annulus, which encases the soft inner material called the nucleus. Together, the annulus and nucleus evenly distribute any pressure or load imposed on the disc.
A healthy spine is essential for enjoying an active lifestyle. It is our goal to use regenerative treatments in early intervention to prevent severe spinal deformity. The incidence of scoliosis is greater than 60% in patients greater than 60 years of age. Early intervention with regenerative treatments has the potential to prevent the progressive degeneration of the intervertebral disc that occurs as we age, thus limiting the pain and disability associated with spinal deformity.