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Herniated Disc

The spinal bones (vertebrae) are separated by discs, which cushion the spine and allow movement between the vertebrae. A herniated disc, often called a slipped disc, occurs when a part of the vertebrae pushes into the adjoining disc, putting pressure on the nearby nerves and causing pain or other symptoms. Discs may move out of place (herniate) or break open (rupture) as a result of an injury or strain. This causes pressure that can lead to pain, numbness, or weakness.   

Treatment:

Patient whose symptoms are not improved by conservative therapy may benefit from surgery.  Additionally patients who experience progressive muscle weakness from a compressed nerve can get relief from surgery.