Herniated Disc

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The discs between your spinal vertebrae contain a gel-like substance in the center of them. The outer part of a disc is made up of fibrous cartilage that keeps the gel contained. When the outer part gets tears or splits, the gel can poke out. This is what it means for a disc to become herniated.

A Herniated Disc is also called a “ruptured disc” or a “slipped disc”. As you get older, the discs tend to break down and lose their cushioning.

Symptoms

Although they can occur in any part of your spine, Herniated Discs are most common in the lower part of your backbone (the lumbar spine), just above your hips. And the pain may spread from your back to your buttocks, thighs, even to your calves.

Discomfort from a Herniated Disc usually worsens when you’re being active and lessens when you’re resting. Even coughing, sneezing, and sitting can aggravate your symptoms because they put pressure on the pinched nerves.

Diagnosis

The doctor will look at your spine for signs of the condition, like pain in your lower back or neck. He may also ask you to walk or bend to see which movements cause pain.

Your doctor may order a X-ray or MRI to check for bone or nerve damage near your spine.

Treatment