What is a herniated disc?(Also Called 'Ruptured Disk', 'Slipped Disk')

Causes of herniated disc? 

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Prevention of Herniated disc

Treatments of herniated

Spinal Decompression Therapy for Herniated Disc


 

What is a herniated disc?  (Also Called 'Ruptured Disk', 'Slipped Disk')

 

    

The spine, or backbone, is made up of a series of individual bones called vertebrae that are stacked to form the spinal column. Between the vertebrae are flat, round, cushioning pads called intervertebral discs, which act as shock absorbers. Each disc has a soft, gel-like center — called the nucleus pulposus — surrounded by a tough, fibrous outer layer called the annulus.
A herniated disc — also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc — occurs when pressure from the vertebrae above and below force some or all of the nucleus pulposus through a weakened or torn part of the annulus. The herniated nucleus pulposus can press on the nerves near the disc, resulting in pain.
Herniated discs usually occur in the lower part of the spine. A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of back and leg pain (sciatica). The discs in the neck are affected 8 percent of the time, and the upper-to-mid-back discs only 1 percent to 2 percent of the time.