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[vc_row][vc_column][wgl_spacing spacer_size=”100″ screen_tablet=”1023″ screen_mobile=”799″ responsive_desktop=”true” size_desktops=”100″ responsive_tablet=”true” size_tablet=”0″ responsive_mobile=”true” size_mobile=”0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1580567406417{background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: contain !important;}” add_extended=”true” values=”%5B%7B%22extended_animation%22%3A%22hexagons%22%2C%22figure_color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22drop_colors%22%3A%22one_color%22%2C%22part_color%22%3A%22%23f4f6fd%22%2C%22part_color_1%22%3A%22%23ff7e00%22%2C%22part_color_2%22%3A%22%233224e9%22%2C%22part_color_3%22%3A%22%2369e9f2%22%2C%22extended_animation_pos_vertical%22%3A%2250%22%2C%22extended_animation_pos_horizont%22%3A%2250%22%2C%22sphere_width%22%3A%22100%22%2C%22particles_number%22%3A%223%22%2C%22particles_size%22%3A%22110%22%2C%22particles_speed%22%3A%222%22%2C%22hover_anim%22%3A%22none%22%2C%22parallax_dir%22%3A%22vertical%22%2C%22parallax_factor%22%3A%220.3%22%2C%22particles_position_top%22%3A%220%22%2C%22particles_position_left%22%3A%220%22%2C%22particles_width%22%3A%22100%22%2C%22particles_height%22%3A%22100%22%7D%5D”][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-3 vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-md-offset-2 vc_col-md-8 vc_col-sm-offset-1″][wgl_double_headings align=”center” title_color=”#252525″ subtitle_color=”#ff7d00″ title=”Herniated Discs Can Appear Anywhere Along the Spine” responsive_font=”true” font_size_mobile=”33″][wgl_spacing spacer_size=”10″][vc_single_image image=”3232″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10″][wgl_spacing spacer_size=”10″][wgl_double_headings align=”center” title_tag=”h2″ title_size=”20px” title_color=”#252525″ subtitle_color=”#ff7d00″ responsive_font=”true” font_size_mobile=”33″ title=”Herniated Discs”][wgl_spacing spacer_size=”10″][wgl_custom_text font_size=”18″]Discs are what cushion the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine in the back. The nucleus of these discs is surrounded by a strong outer layer (annulus). Discs are shock absorbers for the spinal bones, located between each vertebra in the spinal column.

 

A herniated disc (also known as a slipped or ruptured disc) is a disc nucleus fragment that has been pushed out of the annulus and into the spinal canal or intervertebral foramen due to a tear or rupture in the annulus. Herniated discs are usually in the early stages of degeneration. The space available in the spinal canal is not sufficient to accommodate the spinal nerve and the displaced herniated disc fragment. The disc presses on spinal nerves because of this displacement, causing pain that can be severe. Herniated discs can appear anywhere along the spine. Herniated discs most commonly affect the lower back (lumbar spine), but they can also affect the neck (cervical spine).

Causes

A herniated disc can be caused by a single severe strain or injury. However, as one gets older, disc material degrades and the ligaments that keep it in place weaken. A little strain or twisting action can cause a disc to rupture as the degeneration advances. Some people can be more prone to disc problems and may have herniated discs in multiple places along their spine. According to research, there also may be a herniated disc predisposition in families with multiple members who are affected.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a herniated disc vary widely depending on the location and size of the herniation. If it is pushing on a nerve, the area of the body where the nerve travels may experience pain, numbness, or weakness. Neck pain with pain into the trapezius and/or down the arms as well as low back pain or a long history of sporadic episodes of low back pain are common symptoms of a herniated disc.

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