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Disc herniation sounds scary, but what is it really? Remember from Spine Anatomy 101 that the spinal disc is a squishy thing that sits in between the vertebral bodies—the bones that make-up the spine. Normally, the disc has a certain shape, a contour that slowly begins to change as the disc ages. Sometimes, the disc will bulge in a generalized fashion beyond the boundaries of the bones. Disc bulging is very common and normal as the disc gets older. When a disc herniates, a focal part of the disc is displaced beyond the vertebral body boundary. The difference between a bulge and a herniation is the amount of disc that is involved. The tricky part is that both bulges and herniations are found in people who have no pain. Harry works as an accountant. All day long, he sits at his desk working with the computer. One morning, while brushing his teeth, he feels a sudden neck pain with a sharp, lacerating pain screaming down his arm. Later that night, he starts to feel numbness and ting...
Sometimes even just picking up a piece of paper will cause a “pop” as a spinal disc herniates. The spinal discs are the shock absorbers layered between the spine bones that are stacked like blocks. When a disc herniates, it has bulged outside of its normal boundaries. The result is very painful and can also be very debilitating for months if not years. Here are some facts and solutions to keep in mind about spinal disc herniations.
v Disc Herniations Occur When the Disc Pressure is High: Bending over to pick up a piece of paper does not sound strenuous, but it can be detrimental to a weakened disc. Disc pressure increases anytime the spine is flexed. Eventually, the pressure may get high enough to overcome the resistance of the perimeter barrier that keeps the disc material contained. When the barrier fails, a disc herniation happens. Some people actually feel the “pop”.
Effectively relieving the pain of a disc herniation can be done b...
Spinal disc degeneration is not a disease. In other words, disc degeneratio n is not an abnormality in the normal human body. By itself, disc degeneration does not cause pain. Disc degeneration is the natural aging process that causes normal changes in the spinal discs.
Donald was sitting in the cold, sterile exam room. He comes here every year for his annual check-up with his doctor. But, this time he has a question on his mind. What is disc degeneration? His mother, who has had low back pain for a number of years, was told that her lumbar discs have degenerated. Because her pain has become so debilitating, she now uses a walker to get around. Being afraid of his future, Donald wants to learn about disc degeneration. He does not want the same fate as his mother's fate.
Even though it is inevitable, people worry about disc degeneration. All of the parts in the human body change as they age. Skin degeneration is the most visible sign of aging. Wrinkles, cracks, fissures, and lo...
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