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Does neural foramina narrowing cause herniated disk?

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Dr. Alireza Raboubi
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: NO

a herniated disc may protrude and compress nerve root that causes foraminal narrowing.

In brief: NO

a herniated disc may protrude and compress nerve root that causes foraminal narrowing.
Dr. Alireza Raboubi
Dr. Alireza Raboubi
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Its the other way around.
A herniated disk can be the cause of foraminal narrowing...

In brief: No

Its the other way around.
A herniated disk can be the cause of foraminal narrowing...
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

However, the degenerative processes that lead to foraminal narrowing can sometimes lead to a disc becoming herniated.

In brief: No

However, the degenerative processes that lead to foraminal narrowing can sometimes lead to a disc becoming herniated.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: No

Foraminal narrowing is a decrease in the normal size of the hole that the nerves go through when they leave the spinal column.
Anything that makes the hole smaller creates the narrowing. This could be decrease in disc height, ligament overgrowth, facet joint overgrowth, bone spurs, etc. Neural foraminal narrowing does not cause herniated discs, but herniated discs can cause foraminal narrowing.

In brief: No

Foraminal narrowing is a decrease in the normal size of the hole that the nerves go through when they leave the spinal column.
Anything that makes the hole smaller creates the narrowing. This could be decrease in disc height, ligament overgrowth, facet joint overgrowth, bone spurs, etc. Neural foraminal narrowing does not cause herniated discs, but herniated discs can cause foraminal narrowing.
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: See below

Two seperate things foraminal narrowing is from settling and loss of spacing or bone spurs disc herniation are caused by pushing disc material through a preexisting crack radial tear commonpresent in people over 30.

In brief: See below

Two seperate things foraminal narrowing is from settling and loss of spacing or bone spurs disc herniation are caused by pushing disc material through a preexisting crack radial tear commonpresent in people over 30.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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