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Dr. Patrick Roth
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Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (Overview)

Herniated nucleus pulposus, also called a herniated disk, is a condition where a disk between two spinal bones has an outer weakness that allowed the inside nucleus pulposus to protrude out. This can result in no symptoms, local inflammation and pain, or the bulge can impinge on a nerve, causing weakness or lack of sensation in the part of the body that the nerve travels to.


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What are the tip-offs that you might have herniated nucleus pulposus?

What are the tip-offs that you might have herniated nucleus pulposus?

Radicular leg pain: Most often, hnp or herniated/ruptured disc, causes irritation of one of the nerves that go into an extremity (arm or leg). Your discs are just like jelly-donuts. When you rip the outside of your donut and the jelly leaks out, that's a herniated disc. That jelly is the most irritating substance in the human body, and it will chemically inflame many structures in the spine. Injections work well. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Roth
32 doctors shared insights

Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (Overview)

Herniated nucleus pulposus, also called a herniated disk, is a condition where a disk between two spinal bones has an outer weakness that allowed the inside nucleus pulposus to protrude out. This can result in no symptoms, local inflammation and pain, or the bulge can impinge on a nerve, causing weakness or lack of sensation in the part of the body that the nerve travels to.


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How does a herniated nucleus pulposus develop?

Varies: There is a strong genetic issue meaning family history and higher in smokers and in certain activities such as those involving repetitive rotation with flexion especially lifting a load or a sudden lift of too heavy a load as well in those who are out of shape and do not exercise. Obesity also can be a factor and sedentary life style with age, there is an increased incidence due to disc aging. ...Read more

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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs and/or pain medications
Daily
Get Xray/MRI to evaluate if not better in 4-6 weeks
Once
See spine specialist for treatment options
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What are the symptoms of herniated nucleus pulposus?

Neurologic: The symptoms of a lumbar herniated nucleus pulposus includes uni- or bi-lateral leg pain, can include back pain, possible weakness in the leg(s), and a numb sensation. Severe cases may include bowel/bladder difficulties, loss of perianal sensation, and paralysis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for herniated nucleus pulposus?

What are the tests for herniated nucleus pulposus?

MRI: An MRI and a good neurological exam by your family md can help rule out or rule in a herniated nucleus pulposus. ...Read more

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What does herniated nucleus pulposus mean ?

Another name for GNP: Hnp or herniated nucleous pulposus is a portion of the interior of the disc itself known as the nucleus pulposus that ruptures thru the outer pirtion of the disc known as the annulus fibrosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are non surgical treatments for herniated nucleus pulposus that is considered effective?

Can you tell me what are non surgical treatments for herniated nucleus pulposus that is considered effective?

Most: One has to realize that given enough time 90% of disc herniations get better so anyone can claim a high success rate! treatment is activity modification like avoiding prolonged positioning like sitting, exercise, weight control and not smoking. This helps also minimize the chance of recurrence. If no contraindications, otc meds can help like ibuprophen. Physical therapy can help with exercise ...Read more

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What are non surgical treatments for herniated nucleus pulposus are considered effective?

Most: One has to realize that given enough time 90% of disc herniations get better so anyone can claim a high success rate! ...Read more

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Can i get approved for disability for herniated nucleus pulposus which indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac?

Can i get approved for disability for herniated nucleus pulposus which indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac?

No: Ultimately this decision would rest with your doctor, but what you are describing many many people have. And many of them do nothave symptoms. ...Read more

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What's herniated nucleus pulposus?

What's herniated nucleus pulposus?

Another name for HNP: Hnp or herniated nucleous pulposus is a portion of the interior of the disc itself known as the nucleus pulposus that ruptures thru the outer pirtion of the disc known as the annulus fibrosis. ...Read more

Nucleus Pulposus (Definition)

The intervertbral disc hasteo parts the annulus outside tough ring and the nucleus pulposus the central gelatinous portion the part that squirts past the retaining ring to push on nerveshnp herniated ...Read more