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25 Nov 2005
Please could you explain to me what is meant by disc herniation
The spinal disc is composed of an outer section called the "annulous fibrosis" and an inner section known as the "nucleous pulposus" The outer section is a fairly tough or harder structure that contains the inner softer material. A true herniation would result when the outer section tears or herniates and allows some of the softer material to pass beyond this outer section. Often, a weakening in the outer structure also occurs, or a functional deviation occurs with resultant "bulging" of this structure and further resultant pressure on the spinal cord or an adjacent nerve root. Discs are involved quite frequently in a variety of spinal injuries, but often incorrectly or solely blamed for the problem. A more thorough examination of the affected area more often reveals a vertebral deviation or fixation which responds very well to spinal mobilisation or manipulation as performed by chiropractic practitioners. Chiropractors can determine whether such a problem can be helped by them, or whether referral to a neurosurgeon is necessary.
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