What Is A Herniated Disc?
The spine is made up of vertebrae that are stacked together to form protection around the spinal cord. In between the vertebrae are where intervertebral discs are found. They act as a cushion for the vertebrae during physical activity such as running or walking. Discs are flat and round, with a jellylike middle and a rubbery outer lining. When a sudden injury occurs, the jelly-like middle of a disc will push through a tear in the disc’s outer lining and put pressure on nearby nerves resulting in pain. This is known as a herniated disc as well as a slipped disc or a ruptured disc.