A herniated disk, also known as a ruptured, slipped disk or
bulging disk, is a common cause of lower back, neck, shoulder or leg pain.
condition occurs when a spongy disk that cushions the back’s vertebrae (the
bones that make up the spine) ruptures or breaks open. The jelly-like substance
inside the disk leaks out and irritates nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness
or weakness in the back or legs, commonly known as sciatica. A herniated disk most often results from injury or weakening of the
spine related to aging.
At the Spine Center, we often treat a herniated disk nonsurgically with rest, medication or physical therapy exercises.
Learn more about herniated disk in our health encyclopedia.
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