What is a Herniated Disc?

In between each vertebra, there are soft cartilage-based pads known as intervertebral discs (IVD). These discs aid as shock absorbers and help bear weight. There are two layers that make up the IVDs. The outer layer (annulus fibrosis) and the inner layer (nucleus pulpous). The inner layer is a soft gel center that often migrates to the outside when there is an injury in the annulus fibrosis layer of the disc. In between each vertebra is an exiting nerve root. When a disc herniates it often will put pressure on these nerve roots leading to pain and altered sensation into the low back, buttocks, legs, and feet.

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Symptoms of a Herniated or Bulging Disc

  • Pinched Nerve Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Activity Limitations
  • Paresthesia
  • Muscular Symptoms
  • Foot Drop
  • Emergency Symptoms

Causes of a Herniated or Bulging Disc

  • Herniated or ruptured discs are often caused by a specific strain or injury. However, weakness associated with disc degeneration due to aging weakens the ligament structures holding spinal discs in place. As this weakening of the area supporting the spine progresses, anything from a minor strain or even a twisting movement can cause a disc to rupture. 

Areas of a Herniated or Bulging Disc?

  • Cervical Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Lumbar Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Thoracic Herniated or Bulging Disc

Herniated and Bulging Disc Solutions in NJ

Here at Performance Rehabilitation, we have many options to treat your herniated or bulging discs, including non-surgical and surgical.

    Herniated or Bulging Disc Surgical Solutions in NJ?

    • Disc Replacement Surgery:
    • Spinal Decompression Surgery:
    • Spinal Fusion:

    Why Choose Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine?

    Whether you are suffering from a recent or chronic (cervical, lumbar or thoracic spine) condition that is adversely affecting your ability to live life under your terms, our Back Pain Specialists can help you today. To have a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators at 908-754-1960.


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