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Also called:  Bulging disc, Compressed disc, Herniated intervertebral disc, Herniated nucleus pulposus, Prolapsed disc, Ruptured disc, Slipped disc 

The backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These discs cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. A herniated disc is a disc that slips out of place or ruptures. If it presses on a nerve, it can cause back pain or sciatica. 

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Symptoms include

        Back pain that spreads to the buttocks and legs, when the herniated disc is in the lower back

        Neck pain that spreads to the shoulders and upper arms, when the herniated disc is in the upper back

        Tingling or numbness

        Muscle spasms or weakness

With treatment, most people recover. It can take a long time. Treatments include rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy and sometimes surgery.

Losing weight can help, too. 

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