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What's the difference in a herniated disk and a compression break? why would it be painful?

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Dr. Estrada Bernard
Neurosurgery 38 years experience
Disc vs. Vertebra: A herniated disc denotes the protrusion or extrusion of the softer, inner portion of the disc located between vertebrae. On the other hand, a compression fracture consists of a degree of collapse of the vertebra itself. Pain may come about by either irritation or compression of adjacent nerve(s).

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