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Disc Herniation

Vertebral Discs act as spacers and shock absorbers between each bone of the spine.  A disc’s structure is similar to a jelly donut with cartilage surrounding a jelly substance.  A thick, healthy disc allows space for exiting nerves branching off of the spinal cord.  However, when a disc herniates, the jelly will pushes through the cartilage.  This expelled jelly can create nerve pressure and resulting neurological symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, pins/needles, and electric shocks.

Disc herniations in the low back often travel into the legs, a condition called sciatica since the herniated disc material compresses the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve.  Similarly, a herniated disc in the neck will sometimes create symptoms into the arms.

Usually, the pain and other symptoms from disc herniations can be treated successfully with non-surgical options including:

Orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeon are often referred to for second options and other treatment options.  If a disc herniation is suspected, Dr. Nevel can order an MRI to confirm and determine the correct treatment.

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