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Herniated Discs: Definition, Progression, and Diagnosis

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What are a Herniated Discs? Herniation of the nucleus pulposus (gel-like substance) occurs when it breaks through the anulus fibrosus (tire-like structure) of an intervertebral disc (spinal shock absorber). Herniated discs occurs most often in the lumbar region of the spine. This is because the lumbar spine carries most of the body's weight. People between the ages of 30 and 50 appear to be vulnerable because the elasticity and water content of the discs decreases with age. The progression to an actual hernatied discs varies from slow to sudden onset of symptoms. There are four stages: disc protrusionprolapsed discdisc extrusionsequestered disc Stages 1 and 2 are referred to as incomplete, where 3 and 4 are complete herniations. Pain resulting from herniated discs may be combined with a neurological deficit. The deficit may include tingling, numbness, weakness, reflex loss, and/or more. These changes are caused by nerve compression created by pressure from interior disc...
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