Stamford Hospital, the flagship hospital of Stamford Health, and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have entered into a collaborative agreement to create the premier center for specialty orthopedic care in New England.
HSS has been nationally ranked #1 for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for the past eight consecutive years, and is the world's leading academic medical center focused solely on musculoskeletal health.
We offer more knowledge. Over the years, we’ve gained experience in the treatment of a vast array of disorders. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but gives you a good indication of the most common disorders that we care for.
Think you slipped a disc? Let us tell you more about what’s going on back there.
When people say they have a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc, what they are actually describing is a herniated disc.
Discs are soft, gelatin-like pads found between the hard bones (vertebrae) that constitute the spinal column. The discs allow the back to flex or bend and also act as shock absorbers for the spine.
Discs in the lumbar spine are made of a thick outer ring of cartilage (annulus) and an inner gel-like substance (nucleus). In the cervical spine, the discs are similar but smaller in size.
In children and young adults, discs have high water content. As people get older, the water content decreases and discs become less flexible. The discs begin to shrink and the spaces between the vertebrae can grow narrower. Being overweight and smoking can also weaken discs, as can improper lifting, sudden pressure, and repetitive strenuous activities.
A herniated or ruptured disc occurs when part of the center nucleus pushes through the outer edge of the disc and back toward the spinal canal. This condition puts pressure on the nerves and can result in pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, back, arm or legs.
Have questions? We have more answers to your disc herniation questions, even if you're not one of our patients.