What is Herniated Nucleus Pulposus?

A condition which refers to a problem with a rubbery disc between the spinal bones. This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing.

What is cervical herniated nucleus pulposus?

Herniated nucleus pulposus is a condition in which part or all of the soft, gelatinous central portion of an intervertebral disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk, resulting in back pain and nerve root irritation.

What causes a herniated disk?

Disks have soft, gel-like centers and a firmer outer layer, like a jelly doughnut. With time, the outer layer weakens and can crack. A herniated disk happens when the inner “jelly” substance pushes through the crack. The leaked material may press on nearby spinal nerves.

Several factors can contribute to a disk rupture, including:
  • Aging.
  • Excessive weight.
  • Repetitive motions.
  • Sudden strain from improper lifting or twisting.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disk?

  • Herniated disk symptoms vary depending on where the problem is in your spine. Symptoms worsen with movement and get better with rest.
  • Herniated or slipped disk in the back (herniated lumbar disk)
  • It’s common for a herniated disk in the lower back to cause “sciatic nerve” pain. This sharp pain usually shoots down one side of your buttocks into your leg and sometimes the foot. 
  • Other symptoms of a herniated disk in your lower back include:
  1. Back pain.
  2. Tingling or numbness in the legs and/or feet.
  3. Muscle weakness.
  4. Herniated or disk in the neck (herniated cervical disk)
  • Symptoms of a herniated disk in your neck include:
  1. Pain near or between your shoulder blades.
  2. Pain that travels to your shoulder, arm and sometimes your hand and fingers.
  3. Neck pain, especially in the back and on the sides of your neck.
  4. Pain that increases when bending or turning your neck.
  5. Numbness or tingling in your arms.

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