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Herniated disc and sciatica: Understanding more to better help
A herniated disc, often called disc protrusion, is an opening in the fibrous ring characterized by the displacement of a part (pulpy nucleus) of the intervertebral disc outside the limits of its normal situation. In general, the hernia is localized at the posterolateral level and can cause, among other things, sciatica as pain.
In principle, pain results from the compression of a root of a spinal nerve, the most common example being the sciatica resulting from a lumbar disc herniation. Disc herniation is usually related to a degenerative disc injury that can be caused by trauma or repeated stress.
- A bulging disc is similar to a hernia, but without opening the fibrous ring, it often precedes the herniated disc.
- Disc degeneration/ diskarthrosis / degenerative disc disease is a process of disc collapse caused by dehydration.
Problems often related to a herniated disc, including sciatica
- Spinal stenosis or disc stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal cord), which can exert pressure on one or more nerves, including the sciatic nerve.
- Foraminal stenosis is the narrowing of the right or left canal that can exert pressure on the nerve. This canal is formed by a space between the superposition of two vertebrae. It starts at the spinal cord and ends at the periphery of the spine. The facets are located in the back part of the vertebrae. These joints prevent anteroposterior movement of the vertebrae.
- Facet syndrome is inflammation and wear caused by increased pressure on these joint facets. In principle, pain results from the compression of a root of a spinal nerve, the most common example being lumbosciatica from a lumbar disc herniation.
- Spinal decompression is the ideal treatment for patients with disc damage.
To better diagnose your spinal condition, if necessary, we will use digital radiography and MRI.
Do you have any of the following diagnoses?
- Herniated disc
- Disc bulging
- Disc degeneration
- Facet Syndrome
- Have you suffered from chronic pain in your neck, back or legs (sciatic nerves) for more than three months?
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