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...
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...
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...
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