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The Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Complications and Treatment of Herniated Discs

80% of individuals will suffer a significant back pain episode in their lifetime. For some of them, a herniated spinal disc is to blame. A disc herniation can occur in three areas of the spine, the neck or cervical area, the midback or thoracic region and the low back region known as the lumbar spine. The vast majority affect the lumbar spine, being a leading cause of lower back pain.

Information. Intervertebral Discs are the shock absorbers of the spine, separating each vertebra, granting motion to the spine. Many describe the disc as a jelly donut. A disc herniation is when the jelly squeezes out of the disc’s normal confines, like the jelly from a donut does. Most common in 30-50 year-olds, age causes the spinal discs to dehydrate, making them less likely to herniate in older age groups.

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