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What Is Lumbar Disc Herniation? - Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh (VIDEO)

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Dr. Raiszadeh describes lumbar disc herniation and explains how this can cause leg pain.

Dr. Raiszadeh:
The reason why your legs hurt if your back is sore could indicate a lumbar disc herniation. So what is a lumbar disc herniation? So there are different bones in your back, building blocks that we call in the back. There are five bones: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5. Between these building blocks are discs. Those discs allow you to maintain height and allow you flexibility.

So when those discs are in proper alignment, it’s perfect. But what happens is if you tear one of those discs and it’s a jelly-filled doughnut, some of that disc could come out, and if that disc comes out, it presses on the nerves that are going down to your legs. So even though if you have leg pain, where the nerves originate from are your back.

So it could have some aching pain in your back which could mean that your disc is blown out or injured, and if it’s blown out and injured, a disc is popped out, and it could be pressing on some of the nerves in your legs and that’s why you have the leg achiness.

About Dr. Raiszadeh, M.D.:
Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the complex field of adult spinal surgery. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received the Paul Harrington Award for Research. He also completed a specialized internship and residency program at Baylor before achieving the highest level of medical education and fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical School. During this fellowship, under the directorship of multiple neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons, he became skilled in treating all forms of pediatric and adult spinal conditions.