A herniated disc is a condition in which the tough outer wall of an intervertebral disc has been weakened, allowing the softer insides to deform the shape of the disc.
Anatomy of a Herniated DiscAn intervertebral disc has two main parts: an outer shell of fibrous cartilage (the annulus fibrosis) and an inner filling of a jelly-like material (the nucleus pulposus). The outer wall of an intervertebral disc can become weakened for a variety of reasons. As people age, the fibrous material becomes more brittle. Excessive strain can rupture the annulus fibrosis. Poor diet and exercise habits can also weaken the disc.
Regardless of the cause, once the tough shell of the disc is weakened or cracked, the soft gel of the nucleus pulposus can deform the disc. Once deformation occurs, the disc may irritate or pinch one or more spinal nerves, causing pain.
Although any one of the intervertebral discs can become damaged, herniated discs are more common in the lumbar region of the spine. If you suffer from chronic low back pain caused by a herniated or bulging disc, a minimally invasive D.N.D. surgery pioneered by North American Spine may be able to relieve your pain. To learn more about bulging and herniated disc treatments please contact us at 877.474.BACK.
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John R., Age 49, Location: TX. Diagnosis: L5 Herniation. Pre-Surgery Lifestyle: Generalized depression, chronic back pain, diminished sexual response.
Post-Surgery Outcome:100%. I had been waiting, in pain, for 17 years, for this procedure. My general mood has elevated and I am pain-free. To wake up in the morning without pain is such a quality of life improvement, that I cannot express in words the joy I feel today. There was instant relief and I have not used any pain medication. No more Motrin needed. Thank you.
Learn More About Herniated Discs
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- Types of Herniated Discs
- Herniated Disc Diagnosis
- Herniated Disc Treatment Options
- Preventing Herniated Discs
- Risk Factors of Herniated Disc