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Herniated Disc

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A herniated disc results when a damaged intervertebral disc, which serves as a cushion between the vertebrae, has a tear in its outer covering and releases its inner gel-like material, possibly compressing a spinal nerve or pressing on a spinal cord.

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Symptoms: Pain, Numbness, Fatigue, Spasms, Compromised Movements
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Causes: Wear and Tear, Injury
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Treatments: Decompression, stabilization/fusion, injection
Recovery Rate: High
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SYMPTOMS  –

Common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis include:

° Lumbar spine
pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet. When the herniation compresses the sciatic nerve, sciatica can develop.

° Cervical spine
pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the neck, arms, hands, and sometimes in the head

° Thoracic spine
pain in the upper or mid back, radiating through the stomach or chest, which patients often confuse for cardiovascular problems

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CAUSES –

Additional common Herniated Disc causes

°Age related wear and tear, which can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease
° Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
° Direct physical injuries such as a car accident or fall
° Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents

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TREATMENTS –

Conservative Options
options include nerve root blocks and steroid injections

Decompression

Fusion/Stabilization
may be used when the stability of the spine or vertebrae are compromised or threatened. In some of these cases, more than one harmful condition may exist. While these procedures are minimally invasive and enjoy a high success rate, some patients may be required to stay overnight for observation.