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Herniated Lumbar Discs

Herniated discs are most common in the lumbar (lower back) region, occurring there 15 times more often than in the cervical (upper back) area. A herniated disc refers to a disc that has ruptured, spilling its interior (the nucleus pulposus) out into the spinal canal. Often, this nucleus comes into contact with the thick cord of 31 nerves that runs through the canal.

In the lumbar region, this compression causes symptoms of pain or numbness in the legs, feet, and buttocks. Severe pain in the lower back usually accompanies a herniated lumbar disc as well. Often this pain is so intense in some positions that certain activities become impossible. The pain of a herniated lumbar disc may be exacerbated by actions such as coughing, laughing or straining.

Managing the Symptoms of Herniated Lumbar Discs
Once your doctor has diagnosed your herniated lumbar discs by taking a medical history, performing leg-raising tests and possibly taking MRI or X-ray photographs, you can begin to consider your treatment options. Depending on the severity of the situation, this may involve physical therapy or surgery to correct the problem and free nerves from abnormal pressure.

Should your situation require surgery, The Bonati Institute for Arthroscopic Surgery specializes in performing surgery on herniated lumbar discs and other chronic back conditions. Using minimally invasive techniques, The Bonati Institute's surgeons treat herniated discs in a way that reduces tissue damage, speeds recovery time, brings fewer risks and can be done in an outpatient setting. For further details and to request a complimentary review of your MRI, visit The Bonati Institute online at www.bonati.com.

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