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Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a common spinal cord injury.

The spinal cord is the back bone, or more accurately, a vertical stack of 33 individual bones, or vertebrae. Between spinal vertebrae is a rubbery cushion, or disc, protecting those bones and making the entire spinal column flexible.

A spinal disc has a soft, jelly-like center within a tough exterior. A disc is considered “herniated” when a tear occurs, and pushes some of the softer “jelly” out. This is sometimes called a slipped disc, bulging disc, or a ruptured disc.

herniated disc

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When this happens, it isn’t the disc itself that causes pain; it is the material leaking from inside the disc that pinches or irritates nearby nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.

A herniated disc is not visible with the naked eye and often cannot even be seen through an x-ray. Doctors usually diagnose a herniated disc with an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedure.

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