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DISC HERNIATION

An injury to the cushioning structure between the vertebrae of the spine (most typically occurs in the neck or low back areas)

 Photo © A.D.A.M., Source: spinecorrectioncenter.com

Photo © A.D.A.M., Source: spinecorrectioncenter.com

 Photo © A.D.A.M., Source: neurosurgery.ufl.edu

Photo © A.D.A.M., Source: neurosurgery.ufl.edu

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sudden onset of neck or low back pain usually during or following an activity that involves bending and twisting, such as gardening or picking up a heavy object with poor lifting technique.
  • At time of the initial injury or after prolonged bent posture may experience a “stuck” feeling that eases with time
  • In some cases a patient may have pain that radiates down the arms (in the case of a neck injury) or down the legs (in the case of a back injury)
  • Pain with coughing or sneezing
  • May have numbness and tingling down the arms or legs
  • May experience weakness in the affected extremity

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