More information about ruptured discs

A ruptured disc, also referred to as a herniated or bulging disc, occurs when a disc between the vertebrae becomes compressed and begins to leak the jellylike fluid from the middle of the disc into the spinal canal. This fluid can impact a nerve root in the spinal canal, causing acute or chronic pain.

Patients suffering from a ruptured disc might experience acute or chronic pain at the site of the nerve compression in the back or radiating to the associated extremity. For example, if a disc ruptures in the lumbar spine (lower back), you may experience pain in the lower back and/or in the buttock and leg on the impacted side of the body. If you are experiencing this type of pain or similar symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your physician to determine the cause of your pain and select a treatment option that best fits your needs.

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