Disc herniation

Dr. Emily treats herniated discs

Dr. Emily is an expert in the treatment of herniated discs. Dr. Emily can improve symptoms, reduce pain, prevent further injury, and help patients return to their normal lives through a combination of active and passive treatments.

What is a herniated disc?Slipped Disk? The Importance of MRI to detect a Herniated Disc

The bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine are separated and cushioned by small discs of cartilage, called vertebral discs. Round, flat, and consisting of a tough outer layer surrounding an inner jellylike material, vertebral discs essentially act as shock absorbers for the spine. When one of these discs is herniated, a fragment of the jellylike nucleus is pushed out of the outer layer and into the spinal canal, usually through a tear or rupture.

The displaced disc fragment can put pressure on the spinal nerves, causing discomfort, and in many cases, severe pain. Herniated discs can occur in any part of the spine, although they’re more common in the lower back.

Source: American Association of Neurological Surgeons