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Herniated Discs

If you've experienced a very sharp, severe pain in your back triggered by movement of the spine, it could be a herniated disc. A herniated disc is described as an "uncontained" disc problem, meaning that the soft interior of the disc (the nucleus pulposus) has leaked out of its covering and no longer provides cushioning for the vertebrae above and below it. Additionally, the ruptured matter may become lodged in the spinal canal, where it can irritate nerves. A bulging disc, by contrast, is still within its casing, and is called a "contained" disc condition.

Symptoms of herniated discs in the lumbar region (the most common site of herniation) include serious pain in the lower back with pain radiating out to the legs, feet, and buttocks. This pain often intensifies with certain activities such as coughing or laughing. Herniated discs can also cause numbness or tingling sensations in the feet and legs. Left untreated, a herniated disc may cause muscles to weaken and atrophy. Herniated discs are also associated with muscle spasms.

What to Do About a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Using advanced imaging equipment such as MRIs and CT scans, your doctor can confirm diagnosis with relative ease. The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery specializes in treating herniated discs as well as other spine conditions.

A minimally invasive procedure, The Bonati Arthroscopic Laser Discectomy is designed to remove the problematic portion of the disc under local anesthesia. Arthroscopic procedures bring fewer risks and allow for a shorter recovery. To read more, please visit www.bonati.com.


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