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    Herniated Disc

    Herniated Disc

    Picture of a herniated disc (side view)

    The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine (backbone) are cushioned by small, round, flat discs. When these discs are damaged from an injury, normal wear and tear, or disease, they may bulge abnormally or break open. This is called a herniated or slipped disc.

    By Healthwise Staff
    William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
    Last Revised March 12, 2012

    Last Revised: March 12, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics

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