Disc herniation, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft, gel-like center (nucleus pulposus) of an intervertebral disc in the spine protrudes through a tear in the outer layer (annulus fibrosus). This can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, and weakness.
Common causes of disc herniation include:
Symptoms of disc herniation can include:
Treatment for disc herniation may include:
Treatment will depend on the severity of the symptoms and the location of the herniated disc. A healthcare professional can provide a proper diagnosis and recommend the appropriate treatment plan.