Herniated Disc

The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or herniate.  A herniated disc results when a crack in the tough outer layer of cartilage allows some of the softer inner cartilage to protrude out of the disc. The protrusion of inner cartilage in a herniated disc usually happens in one distinct area of the disc and not along a large component of the disc, which is more typical of a bulging disc. Herniated discs are also called ruptured discs or slipped discs.  Herniated discs can occur anywhere in the spine.  The most common areas are in the lower lumbar spine and lower cervical spine.  

 

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