Herniated lumbar disc

Overview

Herniated lumbar disc is a displacement of disc material (nucleus pulposus or annulus fibrosis) beyond the intervertebral disc space.[1] The diagnosis can be confirmed by radiological examination. However, MRI findings of herniated disc are not always accompanied by clinical symptoms.[2][3] This review covers treatment of people with clinical symptoms relating to confirmed or suspected disc herniation. It does not include treatment of people with spinal cord compression, or people with cauda equina syndrome, which require emergency intervention. The management of non-specific acute low back pain and chronic low back pain are covered elsewhere in Clinical Evidence.

Latest citations

An evidence-based review of the literature on the consequences of conservative versus aggressive discectomy for the treatment of primary disc herniation with radiculopathy. ( 16 March 2015 )

Function after spinal treatment, exercise, and rehabilitation: cost-effectiveness analysis based on a randomized controlled trial. ( 16 March 2015 )