What is a herniated disc and who can it affect?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: 2018 June 05, 2018

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What is a herniated disc and who can it affect?

It is known as a herniated disc when an intervertebral disc slips out of place or deteriorates, which can cause acute back pain, numbness in the extremities and difficulty walking. In this section, we are going to tell you more about who is at a greater risk of suffering them.

Intervertebral discs

The intervertebral discs are located between each of the 26 bones that make up the spine. They are composed of gelatinous tissue and are responsible for cushioning the bones. Furthermore, they make the back flexible and prevent the bones from slipping out of place.

Herniated disc

According to the above a herniated disc occurs when one or more intervertebral discs come out of place or suffer deterioration due to age, injury or shock. Some of the symptoms of this type of herniation include:

  • Leg pain: approximately in the buttocks area. Also known as "sciatica".
  • Numbness in the limbsexac, arms and legs especially.
  • Difficulty walking: may include pain in fingers and acute pain when getting up or walking. .

Common causes

Some of the most common causes of herniated discs are: age (natural deterioration of intervertebral disc tissues), poor posture, overweight, physical activity without back support, genetic factors.

Who can be affected by it?

The people most susceptible to suffering this type of hernia are older adults, due to the wear and tear on the tissues of the spine. However, this condition can also occur in young people. For example:

  • Those who carry out loading activities (bodybuilders, loaders, etc.)
  • People who spend a lot of time in one position (office workers, housewives).
  • High performance athletes (especially in high impact sports).


Thediagnóstico de la hernia de disco diagnosis of a herniated disc must be made by an orthopedic doctor, by means of manual inspection of the vertebrae and/or complementary imaging studies. In this way, the doctor will be able to have an accurate picture of the severity, location and course of treatment of the hernia.

Non-surgical treatment for herniated discs

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have everything you need to diagnose and treat spinal problems, including hernias. Our treatment is non-surgical, non-incapacitating and highly effective.

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“The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691.

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