Washawaybackpain.com's Lumbar Disc Resource Pages

If you have experienced low back and/or leg pain, you are not alone. More than 65 million Americans have had a recent episode of back- or spine-related pain. A lumbar disc herniation is one of the most common causes of chronic lower back and leg pain. Some terms you may have heard related to this condition include slipped disc and sciatica (referred pain to the leg). You can learn more about the prevalence of herniated discs in our Lumbar Herniated Disc Introduction page.

The section that describes what a lumbar disc is further defines the condition, including the basic components of a spinal disc and factors that contribute to disc herniations. The Symptoms of Lumbar Disc Herniations section reviews the various symptoms you may be experiencing and how they may be related to the type and location of your herniation as well as the specific nerve that is being compressed.

Learn more about the multiple Causes of Lumbar Disc Herniations as well as the four Stages of Lumbar Disc Herniations and how successful treatment depends on proper diagnosis. As part of staging, we further explore the importance of distinguishing Contained Versus Noncontained Disc Herniations.

There is important information in How Lumbar Disc Herniations Are Diagnosed and the specialized equipment used to make such a diagnosis. Lumbar Disc Surgical Treatment options are presented in the Lumbar Disc & Surgical Treatment Options section. The contained Bulging Disc Treatment section explains how hydrodiscectomy has been demonstrated to successfully treat a contained bulging disc in an outpatient setting without the need for sutures or general anesthesia. You can explore the surgical options in the section on Extruded or Sequestered Disc Herniations.

The final section, Can Herniated Disc Be Prevented offers some practical advice on steps you can take to prevent disc hernations as well as References to published articles on the topic.

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