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bones (vertebrae) that form the spine (backbone) are cushioned by small, round,
flat discs. When these discs are damaged from an injury, normal wear and tear,
or disease, they may bulge abnormally or break open. This is called a herniated
or slipped disc.
If the herniated disc presses on a nerve root (pinched nerve), it may cause
pain, numbness, or tingling in the area of the body to which the nerve travels.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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