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What Does Back Pain and a Jelly Donut Have in Common?

Similarities of Jelly Donuts & Herniated Discs

 

 

Your spine and your favorite morning treat have more in common than you might think. Although, one certainly tastes better than the other.

The analogy is used to describe a herniated disc by many spine surgeons. While this condition may cause back pain and discomfort, thankfully most cases do not require surgery.

 

The Cause for Back Pain (The Jelly)

Spinal discs provide cushion between the vertebrae of the spine. These discs are made up of two components, the outer area, called the annulus, and the soft inner part (which gives the disc viscoelastic properties) called the nucleus.

When the covering of the disc is torn – known as an annular tear – a soft “jelly” like substance can leak out, called a herniation. The hole in a jelly donut represents the annular tear, and the jelly that leaks out of the donut represents a herniated disc.

 

Herniated Disc Treatment

Interestingly, the “jelly” from a disc herniation is often naturally absorbed by your body over time. However, if your pain persists, you should see spine specialist.

 

Our orthopedic spine specialists in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN offer personalized treatment plans unique to your back pain. These treatments include medications, epidural injections, physical therapy, and in more severe cases, surgery.

A herniated disc typically takes 6-8 weeks to heal. Think you may have one? Call the Elite office to schedule an appointment with a back doctor near you.

Author
Cassie Whittaker Cassie is the Communications Coordinator for Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. She has been writing and reviewing medical content since 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassie-whittaker-802a3b173

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