Herniated Lumbar Discs
Disc Herniation, also known as ruptured disc, is a condition that commonly occurs in the lumbar spine (5 vertebrae bones making up the lower back). It is one of the most common causes of back pain as well as leg pain “sciatica” in some cases. Herniated discs can be very painful, however most cases respond very good to non-surgical treatment options. Surgery might be considered if non-surgical methods don’t help the patient. There are many techniques used for the operation, and the surgeon will decide which one is the best considering the unique features the case.
Your spine is made of 24 bones called vertebrae and intervertebral discs that are located between each vertebrae. Intervertebral discs are flexible discs that are composed of Annulus Fibrous (though, outer ring of the disk) and Nucleus Pulposus (soft center of the disk). Herniated disk occur when Nucleus Pulposus disrupt the shape of Annulus Fibrous due to wear and tear caused by age or a sudden injury.