6 doctors weighed in:

How can a person function with no disks in there back? I didn't know that could even be possible.

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: It isn't

Between each bony vertebra (6 cervical-neck, 12 thoracic-chest, 5 lumbar), there is a cartilaginous disc.
Over time these discs can degenerate, collapse, thin down, but don't disappear; that would mean one has bone on bone, which perhaps could happen with some discs, but never with all.

In brief: It isn't

Between each bony vertebra (6 cervical-neck, 12 thoracic-chest, 5 lumbar), there is a cartilaginous disc.
Over time these discs can degenerate, collapse, thin down, but don't disappear; that would mean one has bone on bone, which perhaps could happen with some discs, but never with all.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
49M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors