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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...
Doctors are rethinking the treatment of meniscal tears. The meniscus is a horseshoe-shaped piece of cartilage on both sides of the knee joint. It acts as a shock absorber and lubricates the joint. It also helps support the knee and keeps it steady and stable. In the past, injury to the meniscus usually required surgery to remove it. Today's doctors know how important it is to save the meniscus whenever possible. The decision to treat a meniscal tear is more complicated now. The doctor must look at the patient's anatomy and the injury itself to decide on the best treatment. Most meniscus tears are one of two types. A healthy meniscus can tear from trauma to the knee. And in older adults, tears in an aging, damaged meniscus can occur from normal forces. In either case, damage to nearby ligaments often occurs along with the meniscal tear. If more than one structure is torn, surgery to repair the damage is more likely to be needed. The exact method of repair depends on the size, location, a...
Ranking ½ stars out of 5 One of our forum members brought this book to my attention because this passage concerned her: "Headaches come from invalidating the self . . . Forgive yourself, let it go, and the headache will dissolve back into the nothingness from where it came . . . Migraine headaches are created by people who want to be perfect and who create a lot of pressure on themselves. A lot of suppressed anger is involved..." While I won't go so far as to say that NO head pain could ever come from such psychological/spiritual situations as Hays describes, I must point out that patients in such situations are a very, very small percentage of those suffering from head pain, and her Migraine comments are totally invalid. Although this book was originally written in 1984, before there was clinical evidence that Migraine is a neurological disease, her approach was inappropriate even then. Also, the copy I have is from a 2001 reprint of the book, which means t...
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