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Vertebral discs are the gel-filled cushions that separate your spine’s bones (vertebrae). They are composed of a tough outer ring and a jelly-like center.

If the disc is damaged, the tough outer ring can stretch or tear, pushing on the spine’s nerves and causing symptoms (a bulging disc or herniated disc). In addition, a herniated disc causes the disc’s soft center to leak or squeeze out, irritating the spine’s nerves and causing symptoms.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Symptoms of a herniated disc include:

Learn more about herniated discs and other disc problems.

Surgery should only be used as a last resort after all other nonsurgical options have been attempted, including:

What is microdiscectomy?

Microdiscectomy is the most common surgery for herniated discs. In this surgery:

Surgery should be reserved only for those cases where everything else has been tried or the limb weakness is so severe that you cannot do even the most basic of daily activities.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Summit’s spine care team is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNVadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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