What is a Disc Herniation? – Anil Kesani MD
Dr. Anil Kesani explains that disc herniation describes a condition where the central part of the spinal disc or intervertebral disc leaks out past the outer ring and subsequently can cause pain by pinching or compressing adjacent nerve roots. Dr. Anil Kumar Kesani is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery practicing in North Richland Hills, Texas. Specializing in the minimally invasive treatment of spinal problems, Dr. Anil Kesani, MD, at SpineMD is well versed in all the potential treatment options for a herniated disc.
How Does Disc Herniation Happen?
Disc herniation is a fairly common condition and affects the flat pads or discs made of soft tissue between the vertebrae. The discs are comprised of a soft center referred to as the nucleus pulposus, and a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosus. When enough pressure squeezes the disc, part of the soft center is forced through the annulus much like the jelly in a jelly donut.
Herniated discs can happen at any point along the spine, but they’re most common in the lumbar spine followed by the cervical spine. A herniated disc is almost always painful and can often be traced back to age related degeneration, excessive body weight, or strains resulting from violent motion. The recommended treatment varies depending on the nature and severity of the herniation. It can range from physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, epidural injections to spinal surgery in extreme cases. For more information about herniated discs and other spinal conditions, please visit Dr. Kesani’s practice website. www.myspinemd.com