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What Is A Herniated Disc?
Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.
When a spinal disc becomes damaged, the outer wall (the Annulus Fibrosus) becomes weak and will start to bulge. However, depending on the severity of the injury or how long the problem has been present, the wall can actually tear and when this happens, we call that a Herniated Disc.
You may also hear this condition referred to as a Disc Prolapse or a Prolapsed Disc.
In the image below, you can see how the wall of the disc is tearing. Because of the tear in the wall, the fluid within the center of the disc (called the Nucleus Pulposus) will start to push into the weakened area. However, notice that the wall doesn’t tear completely through.
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What Happens If The Wall Tears Completely?
If the condition worsens to a point where the wall tears completely through, we then refer to this problem as a ruptured disc.
In a moment, we’ll discuss the causes, symptoms, treatments, etc. for this condition, but if you’d like to first read about the final stage of this condition (a ruptured disc), you can click here now or click the Next button below.
I’ve also made a Table of Contents for this article below, just in case you’d like to skip to other information about this condition that interests you.
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