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Herniated Disk

A herniated disk, also known as a ruptured, slipped disk or bulging disk, is a common cause of lower back, neck, shoulder or leg pain.

This condition occurs when a spongy disk that cushions the back’s vertebrae (the bones that make up the spine) ruptures or breaks open. The jelly-like substance inside the disk leaks out and irritates nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness or weakness in the back or legs, commonly known as sciatica. A herniated disk most often results from injury or weakening of the spine related to aging. 

At the Spine Center, we often treat a herniated disk nonsurgically with rest, medication or physical therapy exercises.

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