Displacement of Disc or Herniated Disc

October 26, 2016

A disc herniation occurs when a small portion of a disc ruptures and causes compression on the spinal nerves. Small herniations are sometimes called bulges or protrusions, and people experi­encing pain from a herniation, often describe it as a pinched nerve. Symptoms can include shooting and burning pain, weakness, or numbness in the extremities. Pain and discomfort from a disc her­niation can often be resolved with medication and nonoperative treatments, such as physical therapy. When the treatments are successful, pain tends to disappear first, weakness and numbness may take longer to improve. Surgery is performed for those whose symptoms are not alleviated.