What Are Herniated Discs?
Are you experiencing pain in your lower back? The cause of this pain could be a herniated or bulging disc. In your spine there are cushions between each vertebrae that are made up of a material usually describing as “jelly”. If there is a crack in the exterior of the cushion, and some of the jelly material leaks out, a herniated disc occurs. Plenty of people have herniated discs without knowing, because they are not experiencing pain. Unfortunately, when the herniation puts pressure on a nearby nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, or weakness. Disc herniation usually occurs in the lower back, but can also happen in the neck. If you experiencing this kind of pain, you should see a doctor to determine if a herniated disc is causing it. Fortunately, treatment rarely requires the use of surgery. Discs can usually be treated using non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques.