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A herniated disc is a common disorder that can affect anyone. In fact, studies suggest that individuals between the ages of 22-50 have a 95% chance of suffering from lumbar disc herniation. 

Living with the discomfort of a herniated disc can be challenging, and many individuals find themselves at a crossroads when considering treatment options. One crucial decision that often arises is whether surgery is necessary. 

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key factors that indicate when a herniated disc may require surgical intervention.

What is a herniated disc?

The spine comprises a series of vertebrae, and between each pair of vertebrae is a rubbery, cushion-like disc that acts as a shock absorber and allows for flexibility in the spine.

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A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like center of a spinal disc pushes through a tear or rupture in the tough outer layer of the disc. This can lead to the gel-like material, known as the nucleus pulposus, protruding into the spinal canal or pressing on nearby nerves.

Herniated discs can result from age-related disc degeneration, trauma or injury, repetitive strain, poor posture, and sometimes obesity.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

The symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on the location of the disc and the nerves affected. Common symptoms include:

  • Localized pain at the site of herniation
  • Radiating pain down the buttocks, thighs, and even legs and feet.
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Changes in reflexes
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction

It’s important to note that not everyone with a herniated disc will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity can vary. Some individuals may have a herniated disc without any noticeable symptoms.

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