When the center of the Vertebral Discs, the rubbery cushions that support Vertebra and give the spine flexibility, push through the discs’ outer walls, nearby Nerve Roots can be affected. Although some Herniated Discs cause no symptoms, others can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, buttocks, legs or feet.
This common condition can occur at any part of the spine, although it most frequently occurs in the lower back. The cause may be age-related degeneration, a traumatic injury or heavy lifting.
Non-surgical treatment options for Herniated Discs include pain-relieving medications, muscle relaxers, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy. If these methods are not effective, the disc(s) may be treated surgically.