Herniated Disk and Overweight

Dr. Ronald Tolchin, Medical Director at Baptist Center for Spine Care, explains a herniated disc is when that nucleus or gel within the disc starts to migrate out beyond the edges of the disc.

He says in surgery they can see how the gel is migrated out, it’s pushing on the nerve, and it’s going to cause sciatica, which is the irritation of the nerve by something either the disc, or the bone behind it pushing on it, squeezing it, and causing pain down the leg.

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