Spinal Disc Herniation

What is Spinal Disc Herniation?

Spinal discs are made up of two parts.  The annulus is a tough lining around the shock absorbing center of the disc called the nucleus.  Through various combinations of injury including work, trauma, gravity and age traumatic or degenerative processes can lead to disc herniations or protrusions.  Many people suffer from disc herniation causing local back pain or sciatica and most are self resolving.  A smaller amount will require additional therapies such as physical therapy, chiropractic care or injections.  An even smaller amount will require surgery.  When surgery is needed we focus on choosing Minimally Invasive Surgery whenever possible.   Disc herniations occur throughout the spine but are most common in the lumbar and cervical spine.