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Published: Nov 30, 2010
Category: Herniated Disc
What Is a Lumbar Disc Herniation?
To properly understand what a lumbar disc herniation is it is important to learn about the structure in question: the intervertebral spinal disc. Between each vertebrae pair in your spine there is a disc that acts as both a shock absorber and a stability mechanism. This disc is made up of a tough outer shell (annulus fibrosus ) and a softer gel-like inner substance (nucleus pulposus). As a disc degenerates, either through age or repeated stress / trauma, the outer...