Between each pair of vertebrae (bones) in the spine is a disc that provides
a cushion for the bones — a shock absorber of sorts. Each disc consists
of a soft interior (called a nucleus) with a tough outer layer (called
an annulus). If that outer layer tears, the nucleus can bulge out or even
fragment. That condition is called a herniated disc, also called a slipped
disc or bulging disc.
Herniated discs may cause little or no pain, depending on whether or not
they put pressure against the nerves. They can be extremely painful if
the pressure against the nerve is great. A disc herniation can also compress
the spinal cord. The good news is that most patients with a herniated
disc will make a full recovery. Some will require more advanced bulging
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc can be the result of traumatic injury or a sudden strain.
It can also occur as a result of degenerative disc disease, or age-related
How Can a Herniated Disc Be Prevented?
Abdominal muscles support the vertebrae, so exercises that strengthen the
abdominals provide more spine stability and can help prevent a disc from
herniating (or prevent a herniated disc from worsening or recurring).
Being overweight or experiencing stress can also contribute to the risk
of a herniated disc, as can lifting heavy items using poor form. Always
bend your knees when you lift anything.
erniated Disc Doctor in New Yor
Are you suffering from disc herniation? Weill Cornell’s Center for
Comprehensive Spine Care can help. Our experienced physicians will diagnose
a slipped disc and recommend the proper course of action. If needed, the
Center’s team of skilled surgeons can provide advanced herniated
disc treatments, such as minimally invasive herniated disc surgery performed
at our state-of-the-art facility.
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