If you have been diagnosed with HNP, you are probably wondering what that means and whether or not there are any treatments available for you. HNP, or a herniated nucleus pulposus, is the more medically oriented term for what most people refer to as herniated disc or slipped disc. You are certainly not alone in your diagnosis, as a herniated disc is one of the most common spine conditions among adults and there are a variety of treatment options available.
The nucleus pulposus is the jellylike inner material found within the thick outer walls of the discs, which are soft, spongelike bodies responsible for providing support and flexibility between the vertebrae along the entire length of the spine. Due to the gradual deterioration of these discs as part of the natural aging process, these discs can develop a tear, and the nucleus pulposus may push through the disc wall and extrude into the spinal canal – a condition known as a herniated nucleus pulposus.