Commentary Regarding Ruptured Or Bulging Discs

As discussed on this site, herniated disc (also referred to as slipped disc, ruptured disc, and bulging disc) injuries can occur during vehicle accidents because great – and unnatural – stress can be put on the spinal column during these collisions.  However, there are many other potential causes of herniated discs, including those caused by other types of accidents, sports, (improper) lifting, and other factors.

A June 8, 2015 article titled “Healthwise:  What you can do about low back, neck pain” discusses various aspects of neck and back pain, as well as the causes of such pain.  Some of the discussion focuses on herniated discs and sciatica.

An excerpt:

Severe back pain after a fall or injury is also one of the leading causes of visits to the Emergency Department. Sometimes back pain can be related to a disc in the spine that herniates or bulges. The spine’s vertebrae are cushioned by gel-like discs that are prone to stress, or wear and tear from aging or injuries. A weakened disc may rupture or bulge, putting pressure on the adjacent spinal nerve roots. This is known as a bulged, herniated or torn disc, and can cause intense pain. If a bulging or ruptured disc presses on the nerve roots that form sciatic nerve, one may experience shooting pain from the buttocks down into the legs. This is called sciatica.

Additional details regarding back pain (including slipped discs) and neck pain can be seen in a variety of media sources including the June 8 article mentioned above.

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