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Intervertebral discs, or spinal discs, are round, cartilage-like cushions that sit between the bones of the spine. They act as shock absorbers when you twist or move your spine. A disc herniation occurs when the soft center of one of these discs squeezes out through the dense outer layer of the disc. This leakage irritates the nearby spinal nerves and causes inflammation. Herniated discs are most common in the lower back (lumbar spine) but can also occur in the neck (cervical spine).
If you’re living with pain from a cervical or lumbar herniated disc in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, the neurologists at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican want to help. Find a Doctor online or by calling 702.616.4900.
Health care experts have found several factors that can increase your risk of developing a herniated disc, including:
The symptoms of herniated disc depend on its location in the spine. Symptoms can include:
Certain movements, such as sitting down, coughing, sneezing, and bending over, can put extra pressure on the nerve. This tends to make symptoms worse. See a doctor for proper treatment to prevent permanent nerve damage.
Most people with herniated discs respond to conservative treatment options, including:
In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove all or part of the herniated disc.
Controlling risk factors is the most common way to help prevent herniated disc. This means:
Your doctor or physical therapist can help with these activities.