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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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Rainy Days and Arthritis: Is There a Link?

June 14, 2013

If you ask this question to those with arthritis, many of them would say yes. Some of them would tell you that their symptoms feel worse in cold, rainy days than in warm, sunny days. A theory of this link is that bad weather causes the air pressure to drop. And the drop of the air pressure causes the tissues around the arthritis joints to swell, which makes the pain worse.

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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

January 21, 2013

Degenerative disc disease refers to the gradual deterioration of the intervertebral disc. The intervertebral disc consists of a soft central part called the nucleus and a tough outer ring called the annulus. A healthy disc is basically made up of water, a group of fibrous protein called collagen, and another class of protein called proteoglycan. As we age, the disc begins to lose its water content and gradually becomes dehydrated.

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