Between every bone in the spine, or vertebrae, is a gel-like cushion called a disc that absorbs shock and keeps the bones from grinding against one another. Each disc contains an outer band (annulus fibrosus) that encases the gel-like cushion (nucleus pulposus), and like the spine itself, they encase and protect the spinal cord.
If the outer band (annulus fibrosus) of a disc breaks, the inner cushion (nucleus pulposus) can escape. This is called a "Herniated Disc" (or "Herniated Nucleus Pulposus"). If the damaged disc pushes into the spinal canal or nerve roots, it can cause a gret deal of pain or other neurological disruptions. In some cases, a herniated disc may cause Cauda Equina Syndrome.
A cervical herniated disc occurs in the neck area and typically causes shoulder, arm or back pain. Arm pain is a very common cervical spine condition, which results from the injured disc material pinching a cervical nerve. Pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness may also run all the way down to the fingertips.
A thoracic herniated disc occurs in the upper spine and usually causes upper back pain, and possibly other neurological symptoms.
A lumbar herniated disc occurs in the lower spine and causes lower back pain, muscle spasms, cramping, sciatica, and leg pain or weakness. It is often referred to as a pinched nerve, bulging disc, ruptered disc, or a slipped disc.
Any type of accident or traumatic event can cause a herniated disc, which in turn can be responsible for persistent back pain, shooting leg, shoulder or arm pain, and numbness or weakness in your back, legs or arms. In severe cases it may result in spinal cord injury.
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