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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...
Many people have heard some doctors and practitioners speak about the importance of healing your spirit in order to heal your body. Some of those health professionals go as so far as to say that your body won’t heal fully without addressing the underlying cause that led to disease in the first place. Yes, modern medicine has its place and has done wonders for our life expectancy and survival, but medicine alone will only eliminate the symptoms, which may or may not last a lifetime. Carolyn Myss, author of "Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing" , has written and taught extensively in this area. While there is some mystery as to why illness develops, how to heal from illness, and why one person succeeds and another does not, Myss teaches us that there is a direct connection between spiritual centeredness, energy imbalances and the ability to heal oneself. As I mentioned in one of my first postings, health is not an isolated area of life. It is very holistical...
If something sounds too good to be true, then chances are it probably is not so good after all and should be monitored with a watchful eye. All eyes in the spine community have been watching the results of many trials related to total disc replacement for low back pain. In a recent review, members of the Cochrane Collaboration have rendered a warning about the effectiveness and safety of total disc replacement for low back pain.
The idea of replacing a worn out spine disc was first introduced in 1966. Because of very poor results from this pilot procedure, the idea was put away until the technology could catch up. In the past two decades, several disc replacement concepts have come knocking on the FDA’s door: CHARITE (DePuy Spine) and ProDisc (DePuy Synthes Spine) are approved by the FDA and the Maverick (Medtronic) and Flexicore (Stryker Spine) are in the investigational stages. The difference between them is in the amount of movement each one will allow with the ultimat...
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