Herniated Disc

Picture of a herniated disc (side view)

The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine (backbone) are cushioned by small, round, flat discs. When these discs are damaged from an injury, normal wear and tear, or disease, they may bulge abnormally or break open. This is called a herniated or slipped disc.

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Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

Current as ofNovember 29, 2017

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