Posted by: Christelle | 2005/11/25

Back problems

Please could you explain to me what is meant by disc herniation

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The spinal disc is composed of an outer section called the "annulous fibrosis" and an inner section known as the "nucleous pulposus" The outer section is a fairly tough or harder structure that contains the inner softer material. A true herniation would result when the outer section tears or herniates and allows some of the softer material to pass beyond this outer section. Often, a weakening in the outer structure also occurs, or a functional deviation occurs with resultant "bulging" of this structure and further resultant pressure on the spinal cord or an adjacent nerve root. Discs are involved quite frequently in a variety of spinal injuries, but often incorrectly or solely blamed for the problem. A more thorough examination of the affected area more often reveals a vertebral deviation or fixation which responds very well to spinal mobilisation or manipulation as performed by chiropractic practitioners. Chiropractors can determine whether such a problem can be helped by them, or whether referral to a neurosurgeon is necessary.

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