This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disk pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing.
Some herniated discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.
Not every disc needs intervention. When needed, treatment includes medication, physical therapy, and possibly surgery.
- spinal disc herniation
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 3 million US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging often required