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A spinal disk is a rubbery pad that separates the vertebrae in the back. These disks have a soft gel-like center and a tougher exterior. When there is a tear, inflammation or injury to the exterior casing and the interior of the disk bulges through this casing. This is then referred to as a herniated, ruptured or slipped disk. This herniated disk can place extreme pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness or weakness in a leg or arm. It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of adults in the United States between the ages of 45-55 suffered from herniated disks. Some of these may go unnoticed with little to no symptoms while others can be debilitating and require immediate surgery. Thanks to your generous donations, the specialists at Northwestern Medicine continue to advance research and clinical trials designed to develop new prevention, diagnostic and treatment methods for those suffering from herniated disks.

When arm or leg pain is accompanied by numbness or weakness, the board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine strongly recommend immediate medical attention. Herniated disks can be the result of years of disk degeneration or sudden injury. As we age, the fluid in the spinal disks lessens and as a result are less flexible and more prone to tears or ruptures. Individuals diagnosed as obese or morbidly obese are more prone to herniated disks. Those with physically demanding jobs are also at a higher risk for developing herniating disks. Some herniated disks are genetic. Exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and good posture are all preventive measures to avoid ruptured or herniated disks.

Throughout the greater Chicago area, Northwestern Medicine offers facilities specially designed for the care of symptoms resulting from herniated disks. Diagnosis is confirmed with a combination on x-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans and Myelograms (injection of dye to the spinal area). Thanks to our donors, Northwestern Medicine is able to offer a host of treatment options in facilities across the greater Chicago area. Most often, physicians will prescribe medications to address symptoms and pain stemming from a herniated disk. Physical therapy is also an option to reduce symptoms. Finally, surgery is the last option to remove or repair the herniated disk.

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Consider donating to support Northwestern Medicine’s efforts to develop new prevention, diagnostic and treatment options for those suffering from herniated disks.

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