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Read this link for information about a herniated disc:

Herniated Disc

As far as a torn disc, there is so much confusion regarding what exactly defines this condition, I have found it is best to talk to the "experts," people who are suffering from this problem. I found the following site for you, and I think it is worth it for you to ask them all the questions you have.

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I recently went to a new doctor and noticed he was located in something called the Professional Building. I felt better right away.

Herniated disc causes severe pain and torned disc usually causes bulging accompanied with pain.Traction can provide help for this http://www.chiactivate.com/products/neckmassagers/necktraction.shtml

I found this article that explains the difference between herniated disc, torn disc, slipped disc, pinched nerve, ruptured disc, torn disc, collapsed disc, disc protrusion, and black disc:

 

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/whats-a-herniated-disc-pinched-nerve-bulging-disc

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