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Discs are round, durable cushions between each vertebra (bone) of the spine. They act as shock absorbers when you move. A herniated disc, also called a slipped disc, occurs when the soft center of the disc squeezes out through the outer layer. This leakage causes inflammation that irritates nearby spinal nerves.
You have a greater risk of developing a herniated disc if you:
A herniated disc in the lower back, also called the lumbar spine or region, can cause:
A herniated disc in the neck, also called the cervical spine, can cause:
After our professionals provide a diagnosis, your doctor will develop a personalized treatment plan. In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove all or part of the herniated disc. However, most people with a herniated disc feel better with conservative treatments such as:
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort and think you might have a slipped disc, schedule a consultation with a spine specialist at St. Joseph's Medical Center. We offer the latest in specialized care to evaluate and treat cases of herniated disc in the Stockton Area.
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