X-ray of the lumbar spine (slipped disc)

X-ray of the lumbar spine (slipped disc)

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Caption: X-ray of a profile view of the lumbar spine of a person suffering from a "slipped" or prolapsed intervertebral disc. Degeneration of any of the intervertebral discs in the backbone is termed spondylosis. This X-ray image includes the three lower lumbar vertebrae (termed L3, L4 & L5) and the sacrum (S1) at bottom. The intervertebral space between L4/L5 is greatly reduced and indicates that the intervening disc has degenerated and has been partly squeezed out of the space between the two backbones. Symptoms of pain & restriction of movement are treated by rest and wearing corsets. Severe cases may require surgical fusion.

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Keywords: condition, disc, disorder, healthcare, injury, intervertebral, intervertebral disc prolapse, lumbar vertebra, medical, medicine, prolapse, slipped, slipped disc, spondylosis, x-ray, xray

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