The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine (backbone) are cushioned by
small, round, flat discs. When these discs are damaged from an injury, normal
wear and tear, or disease, they may bulge abnormally or break open. This is
called a herniated or slipped disc.
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William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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