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The vertebrae are the bony structures of the spine. Between each of the vertebrae are the discs.ย 

A herniated disc, can occur in any part of the spine, most frequently happened in the lower back (lumbar). The discs are pads that serve as “cushions” between the vertebral bodies that serve to minimize the impact of movement on the spinal column. Each disc is designed like a jelly donut with a central softer component (nucleus pulposus) and rubbery exterior (annulus pulposus).

Sometimes called a slipped disc, a herniated disc occurs when some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear in the annulus. Depending on where the herniated disc is, it can irritate a nearby nerve which then result in:

โ™ฆ Neck pain

โ™ฆ Low back pain

โ™ฆ Sharp shooting pain felt in the hands and legs

โ™ฆ Numbness and tingling in the hands and legs

โ™ฆ Weakness in the hands and legs