slipped disc


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slipped disc,

rupture or herniation of an intervertebral disc. These discs separate and cushion the vertebrae, the segments of the spinal columnspinal column,
bony column forming the main structural support of the skeleton of humans and other vertebrates, also known as the vertebral column or backbone. It consists of segments known as vertebrae linked by intervertebral disks and held together by ligaments.
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. They are composed of an outer rim of fibrous connective tissue and a gelatinlike inner core. If the fibrous rim breaks the core may leak into the spinal canal, resulting in severe pain that is aggravated by bending, straining, or coughing. Material from the disc may press on spinal nerves and cause numbness or tingling, weakness, or paralysis in the area of the body enervated by those nerves. Slipped discs occur as a result of severe strain or without any apparent stress at all. They are most common in the lower back and neck. Treatment consists of bed rest, usually with a hard board placed beneath the mattress, local application of heat, and the administration of muscle relaxants to relieve spasms. If natural healing fails to occur surgery may be required to remove the disc, and the affected vertebrae fused to keep them from rubbing together.

slipped disc

Pathol a herniated intervertebral disc, often resulting in pain because of pressure on the spinal nerves
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But Christine has a slipped disc and can barely walk, and the baby was in danger if her waters broke naturally.
The information published, the player denying they have a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a bulge on two others, is completely false," read a statement from Madrid.
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who is being treated in New York for a blood clot which complicated a slipped disc, has started rehabilitation and his health is "very reassuring", the kingdom's health minister said on Sunday.
The king had "a back surgery, in which the blood clot was extracted, the slipped disc was corrected, and the injured vertebrae was stabilized in Presbyterian Hospital in the United States of America," the Saudi Press Agency quoted the statement as saying.
The statement added that thanks to God Almighty, a blood clot was removed and the slipped disc was treated during the successful back surgery.
It appears he has a blood clot in addition to his slipped disc, which is pressuring the nerves so the medical team advised him to rest and monitor the situation.
It appears that he has a blood clot in addition to his slipped disc, which is pressuring the nerves so the medical team advised him to rest and monitor the situation," SPA added reporting a statement by the Royal Court.
In 2004, he had surgery for a slipped disc at a Munich hospital.