Font Size
A
A
A

Resorption of a Herniated Disc


Topic Overview

Resorption of a herniated disc occurs after the jellylike material (nucleus) inside a disc is squeezed through the outer shell (capsule or annulus) and is exposed to other tissues. These tissues respond by producing chemicals that break down the nucleus material and other disc fragments, which are then gradually absorbed by the body. This can relieve pressure on the nerve roots, so that symptoms may improve or go away.

Resorption may occur over a period that ranges from months to years. In some cases only part of the disc material is resorbed, but this is often enough to relieve pressure on the nerve roots so that symptoms improve or go away.

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Last RevisedJuly 21, 2010

eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

To learn more visit Healthwise.org

© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.






Medical Dictionary