What Is A Herniated Disc And How Do I Know If I Have One?

Share
Copy

Question: What Is A Herniated Disc And How Do I Know If I Have One?

Answer: In order to answer this question, I would first need to describe a typical intervertebral disc. Each disc consists of the nucleus, which is the central part of the disc and the annulus, which is the ring which encompasses the nucleus.

The nucleus is a gel-like, semi-fluid substance which works as a shock absorber and a distributor of the load between the two adjacent vertebrae. The annulus, which is much more rigid because it consists of fibrous tissue contains the nucleus and prevents it from leaking.

If the are small fissures in the annulus, the content of the nucleus can leak through the annulus, which creates the disc herniation. Not each herniation will be painful to the patient, but if it compresses the spinal nerves or some pain receptors, it can manifest itself by the patient having low back pain, quite often radiating to the patient's leg.

Next: Can A Physical Exam Determine That I Have A Herniated Disc?

Previous: Are There Any Effective Ways To Treat Low Back Pain Using Alternative Medicine?

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4047785. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4047785. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4047785. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4047785.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: A home damaged by a landslide Friday, April 18, 2014 in Jackson, Wyo. is shown in this aerial image provided by Tributary Environmental.
Tributary Environmental/AP Photo
null
Danny Martindale/Getty Images
PHOTO: Woman who received lab-grown vagina says she now has normal life.
Metropolitan Autonomous University and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine