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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...
The last two SharePosts I wrote focused on alternative and complementary treatments for incontinence. This SharePost will be my last in this series, and will focus on some specific types of complementary treatments for incontinence. There are several alternative therapies that many people have found successful in treating their incontinence, including acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary changes, homeopathy, and Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Acupuncture is a Chinese healing method that involves a trained practitioner sticking needles into the skin at specific points on the body. The belief is that by stimulating these specific points, the body's energy will come into alignment. Acupuncture is one of the most widely accepted forms of alternative medicine, and there are some studies that seem to support it. Herbal medicine involves using natural herbal plants and substances to treat various conditions in the body. Keep in mind whenever using herbs that they are not regula...
When the pain of arthritis doesn't go away, replacing the problem joint may be an option. For the knee, the procedure to implant a new joint is called total knee arthroplasty (TKA). For most patients, TKA gives pain-free motion and return of function. For a small number of patients, the result isn't good. Painful swelling and loss of function can make them wish they'd never had the procedure. These patients can be helped. The doctor must make a careful search to find the cause of the problem before correcting it. There are many possible causes for a painful TKA. Problems from inside the knee may be the cause of painful symptoms. Recent changes in the design of the joint implant have helped solve some of these problems. Infection and bleeding are the first two things the doctor looks for. This can be assessed using laboratory test results. Scar tissue and pinching of the joint lining can cause a painful, stiff knee. This can be found using an arthroscope. The scope is a slender device wit...
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