Herniated Discs

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of back pain, especially lower back. it can be a result of age, activity or trauma. Many people have herniated discs and never have any symptoms. For some though, a herniated disc can put pressure on the nerves of the spine and cause agonizing pain as well as other neurological symptoms. To find out more about the causes and treatment of herniated discs, please watch the videos below

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disk is a condition that can occur anywhere along the spine, but most often occurs in the lower back. It is sometimes called a bulging, protruding, or ruptured disk. It is one of the most common causes of lower back pain, as well as leg pain or “sciatica.”

A disk begins to herniate when its jelly-like nucleus pushes against its outer ring due to wear and tear or a sudden injury. This pressure against the outer ring may cause lower back pain. 

If the pressure continues, the jelly-like nucleus may push all the way through disk’s outer ring or cause the ring to bulge. This puts pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerve roots. In addition, the disk material releases chemical irritants that contribute to nerve inflammation. When a nerve root is irritated, there may be pain, numbness, and weakness in one or both of your legs, a condition called “sciatica.”

Animation of a disc herniation

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