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Herniated Disc

A common source of back or neck pain is due to a herniated disc. Often referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, it occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing.

Disc herniation is most often the result of a gradual, aging-related wear and tear called disc degeneration. As you age, your spinal discs – which serve as shock-absorbing cushions for the spine – lose water content. They become weaker and less flexible, and more susceptible to tearing or rupturing with even the most minor strain or twist.

Common Herniated Disc Symptoms

The symptoms of a herniated disc can vary widely depending on both its location and severity. In addition to back and neck pain, a herniated disc often irritates nearby nerves causing radiating pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.

It’s also possible to have a herniated disc without even knowing it. Herniated discs sometimes appear on spinal images of people who aren’t experiencing any symptoms at all.

Herniated Disc Risk Factors

Factors that increase your risk of a herniated disc include:

  • Obesity
  • A physically demanding occupation
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetic factors

Herniated Disc Treatment

Physical therapy can minimize the pain of a herniated disc. However, some people with herniated discs eventually need surgery.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc and are considering surgical options, call 330.835.5533 for an appointment with a Summa spine specialist. Our surgeons are experts in minimally invasive spine surgery, which offers faster recovery, less post-operative pain and less scarring.

To learn more, download the herniated disc brochure or view the video.


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If your situation is an emergency, call 911.