A herniated disc occurs when the cushion-like cartilage (the disc) between the bones of the spine is torn, and the gelatin-like core of the disc leaks. This issue can occur in any of the three spinal sections (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar), though it is most common in the lower lumbar spine. While discs normally help absorb the stresses placed on the spine, a herniation may make daily life difficult and painful.
Often mistakenly called a slipped disc, a herniated disc can be caused by sudden trauma or by long-term pressure on the spine. This condition most often affects people aged 30 to 50 years; men are twice as likely to be diagnosed as women.
Most herniated discs do not require surgery and respond best to physical therapy. US Rehabilitation’s Physical therapists are skilled at designing personalized treatment programs to help