A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This places pressure on nearby nerves.
Acute low back pain
Chronic low back pain
Lumbar radiculopathy; Cervical radiculopathy; Herniated intervertebral disk; Prolapsed intervertebral disk; Slipped disk; Ruptured disk; Herniated nucleus pulposus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column run down the back, connecting the skull to the pelvis. These bones protect nerves that come out of the brain and travel down your back, forming the spinal cord. Nerve roots are large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and leave your spinal column between each vertebrae.
The spinal vertebrae are separated by disks filled with a soft, gelatinous substance. These disks cushion the spinal colum...
MS CENTRAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK: HOW DO YOU CREATE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU ARE ALSO THE CAREGIVER? This summer I learned some hard lessons about love, inner strength and endurance. My husband’s herniated disc reared its ugly head the week of my son’s high school graduation. His pain came on gradually and then became excruciatingly unbearable. He lay in bed for almost two months, leaving our bedroom only for medical appointments and physical therapy. Our summer was a disaster. A special vacation of our son’s choosing had to be cancelled. Quality time as a family - going to the movies, eating at our favorite restaurants, spending time “down the shore” (a true New Jersey term!) and taking nature hikes – never happened. I was scheduled to fly to Dallas for a conference with friends I had trained with as a Peer Resource for a pharmaceutical company. My trip was cancelled. As John Lennon wrote, “Life is what h...
Massage therapy not only relaxes muscles and relieves stress, but it can help reduce pain, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. Massage has also been shown to reduce pain associated with several conditions such as fibromyalgia , lower back pain , migraines and arthritis. There are close to 100 different types of massage. Some of the most commonly performed types in the U.S. according to the American Massage Therapy Association and the University of Maryland are: Swedish massage, which is the most common type of massage, to relax and energize the body. Energy massage therapy, which is a non-manipulative massage to bring in energy while performing specific light hand moves over the whole body and/or affected areas Deep tissue massage, which is often used for muscle damage from an injury, such as whiplash or back strain. Sports massage, which is used to help prevent athletic injury, to keep the body flexible and to heal the body after injury. Other common types include chair ...
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