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Is it a Herniated Disc or a Bulging Disc?

October 25, 2013
Is it a Herniated Disc or a Bulging Disc?

There are two main parts of a vertebral disc, the inner nucleus and the outer annulus. Through repetitive injury, or the degenerative aging process, the outer shell of the disc may become weaker and more susceptible to injury. When this occurs excessive force on the disc could cause it to bulge in one of these weakened spots. When this happens the bulge may come in contact with a nerve exiting the spinal canal, or other tissues causing pain and neurological symptoms.

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Understanding the Anatomy of a herniated disc and the symptoms associated with it

September 17, 2013
Understanding the Anatomy of a herniated disc and the symptoms associated with it

It is important to know what a vertebral vertebral disc is to fully understand what occurs when it herniates. Simplified to a degree, a vertebral disc is located between each pair of vertebrae in your spinal column. It is made up of a soft gel-like substance surrounded by a tough exterior shell known as the annulus. This disc acts as a shock absorber, while also providing mobility in our spine.

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The Methods in Diagnosing Back Pain

August 27, 2013

When diagnosing back pain, a doctor needs to take an approach similar to a detective. Listening to the patient about how the pain started, and what they were doing when they first felt it will shed many valuable clues. By reviewing a patient’s medical history conclusions can be drawn from former ailments or injuries as well. Once an idea of what may be occurring has been established, diagnostic tests should be performed to confirm these suspicions.

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Understanding Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc

August 13, 2013

Before discussing the types of pain you may feel as a result of a herniated disc, you should understand what a disc herniation is. What is a herniated disc? When a vertebral disc has enough pressure placed on it, either by a traumatic accident, lifting injury, or other natural causes, the inner soft material bulges and pushes through the exterior tough shell of the disc

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