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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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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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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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Risk of Long-term Narcotic Use for Back Pain Management

October 30, 2012

As pain medication, narcotics work by affecting pain receptors’ ability of receiving pain signals. Narcotics do not address the cause of pain; they just block the feeling of pain. In other words, narcotics do not make the pain disappear. If you are using narcotics as your back pain management, your body may gradually develop tolerance to the drugs, which means you will have to increase the dose to receive the same degree pain relief.

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Degenerative Disc Disease, Is It in the Gene?

October 17, 2012

Degenerative disc disease is often considered an aging problem. Daily wear and tear of the disc is generally considered the main contributor of degenerative disc disease. Besides age, other known risk factors of degenerative disc disease include injury, smoking, overweight, and other environmental factors. However, in recent years studies have suggested that there might be a link between genes and degenerative disc disease.

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