A ruptured disc occurs when the
jellylike material (nucleus) inside the
disc breaks through the outer shell (capsule or annulus) of the
- Since the nucleus is no longer stretching the
fibers that form the capsule, there may be a significant reduction in back
- Fragments of a ruptured disc may break off and become lodged
in the spinal canal.
- Symptoms of
sciatica may result:
- If the ruptured nucleus compresses a
- When disc fragments compress
and irritate nerve roots.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 21, 2010
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