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Your lower back is made up of five lumbar vertebrae (bones) which surround and protect your spinal cord. Nerves travel along your spinal cord, sending information back and forth from your brain to other parts of your body. In between the vertebrae there are flat, flexible discs that act as shock absorbers when you walk, run or jump. These discs have a flexible outer ring and a soft gel-like center. When a disc's gel-like center pushes through a weakened area of the disc it is called a herniated disc (or a slipped or ruptured disc). The gel may place pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This "pinches" the nerve and can lead to sciatica, represented by the leg pain associated with herniated discs. A herniated disc happens most often in the lower back and is one of the most common causes of lower back and leg pain.
Common treatments for herniated discs include:
- • Medications such as:
– Pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen)
– Nerve pain medications (Neurontin, Lyrica, Cymbalta)
– Muscle relaxants (Flexeril, Amrix, Lioresal)
- • Cortisone injections
- • Physical therapy
- • Surgery