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Herniated Disc

The spinal column is formed y a series of interconnected bones, called vertebrae. Between the vertebrae are zones called intervertebral discs. Their function is to fix one vertebra to the next and to cushion movements between them. These small spongy discs are formed by an external hard wrapping (annulus fibrosus) and a soft gelatinous core (nucleus pulposus). As a person ages, the core of the disc can begin to dry out and to lose its effectiveness as a cushion. This condition can cause the disc to slip or rupture and the core forced though the weakened part of the disc, generating what is called a herniated disc.

Herniated discs can happen at any level of the spinal column but they are more frequent at the lumbar level (lower back).

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