Spinal Disc Herniation Details
Spinal discs are the soft cushions in between the vertebrae of the spine that provide stability as well as act as shock absorbers. A herniated, or slipped, disc occurs when the disc ruptures and pushes the soft innards of the disc through the tougher exterior and places pressure on nerves as well as the spinal cord; A disc herniation will often occur in the lower spine but can also occur in the neck. This can cause back pain, discomfort, and/or numbness in the extremities. However, it is often the case that patients may not experience any symptoms at all. Usually a herniated disk does not require surgery to fix the problem. A herniated disc can be caused by general wear and tear as a result of aging or disc degeneration. Weight, genetics, and physically strenuous occupations are common risk factors.