The source of Cabrera’s lingering back problems has been discovered after an MRI revealed two herniated discs in his spine. The intervertebral discs of the back are situated between each of the vertebral segments of the spinal column. These cartilage-based discs help transmit stress that is applied to and through the back. If overstressed, the disc can herniate or bulge out of its normal position, resulting in pain and potentially impinging on neighboring nerves. A herniated disc can be treated with a nonsurgical approach, but a trip to the operating room may be necessary if the associated damage is significant.
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