The vertebrae that make up the spine are cushioned by small, jelly‑like discs. When these discs are healthy, they keep the spine flexible and act as shock absorbers. Unfortunately, when a disc is injured, it can break open, resulting in a herniated disc. Also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc can occur in any part of the spine. Most herniated discs affect the lower back, though others can involve the neck or upper back. If a herniated disc presses on the nerves, it can send extreme pain throughout the body.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc include:
- Numbness or weakness in one or both of the legs or arms
- Pain or numbness in the buttocks
- Intermittent pain
- Loss of feeling, mobility and strength in the legs, feet, arms or hands.