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A herniated disk refers to a problem between the vertebrae bones and the rubbery cushions that make up the spine. Normally, a herniated disk causes numbness, pain, and weakness in an arm/leg. You can read more about this from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/herniated-disk/DS00893, and http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/tc/herniated-disc-topic-overview.

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a painful rupture of the fibrocartilage of the disc between spinal vertebrae; occurs most often in the lumbar region.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/herniated-disk/DS00893

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a painful rupture of the fibrocartilage of the disc between the spinal vertebrae (or the spinal cord) which occurs mostly in the lumbar region.
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My best friend herniated a disc in her back and now cannot walk..all my prayers are with her!

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Between the disks of the spinal, there are cartilages. When one of those cartilage ruptures, you get the herniated disc and you need surgery.

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A disk is a cushion that rests between two sections of vertebral bones. The disk is filled with a fluid that helps to cushion the shock of movement among the several vertebrae. As one ages, the fluid begins to dry out. This is one of the significant reasons that people, as they become old, tend to become shorter. The natural desiccation of the disks also makes back injury and pain more likely than in younger years. A disk rupture occurs when the wall of the disk that retains the fluid breaks open due to shock or natural degeneration. The fluid then leaves the disk and the disk can no longer provide any protection.

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A herniated Disc is a spinal disc which is either damaged or there's also one that bulges. It can cause much discomfort &/or pain, especially when trying to move, stoop or bend and effects one's ability to walk. Orthopedic surgery is performed when all other treatments fail -
spinal injections, oral meds., etc. The Orthopod removes a portion of the disc. It is extremely delicate surgery and hazardous, but to regain the ability to walk, I went through it. Took about 5 weeks to heal - small cut on the spine but the problem is a possible spinal bleed (deadly). Forget chiropractors (snake oil salesman) - they are neither qualified or capable of repairing the damage. In some cases they can relieve misalignments, but that's all. Why one even told me he could cure my heart disease buy realigning my spine!! They're not even doctors. They only go to school as long as an undergraduate yet they're allowed to call themselves doctors!!! Go see a good Orthopedic Specialist, one whose devoted about 9-10 years of graduate education plus all the sub-specialties required. In the
Philly area, I'd go to Jefferson. Find a like Hospital/Med. Institution in your area.



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Yes. Spinal surgery is very dangerous. I had a co-working who was in spinal discomfort and or pain most of the time. He was otherwise a healthy and relatively young man. He went in for spinal surgery and came out dead.

My understanding is that spinal surgery is performed from the front of the body. The incision is made in the abdomin and the organs that are in front of the spine are pushed to either side to make room for the surgeon to work.

Based on my experience, I would be very cautious about going to Jefferson in Philadelphia. When a close relative of mine was their she came down with C-Diff and MRSA. All hospitals are breeding grounds for infectious diseases. Some are worse than others.
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it's a very painful dislocation in the spine. often requires operation

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