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Herniated nucleus pulposus (slipped disk)

The spinal column is made up of bony vertebrae which are separated from one another by tough elastic disks that allow for movement. These disks are liable to displacement when they're put under strain. Lifting can produce forces that may cause a lumbar disk to move out of place.

Herniated nucleus pulposus (slipped disk)

Review Date: 7/25/2020

Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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