What is it?
A herniated disc is when an intervertebral disc bulges or herniates back into the spinal canal. When the disc herniates, it can push on a nerve root or a spinal nerve and causes severe pain. Most herniated discs resolve over time, but they can be very painful during the healing process.
What causes it?
Herniated discs can be caused by a number of things including trauma, lifting heavy objects, or using poor posture throughout the day.
How can it be treated?
Herniated disc treatment starts conservatively with physical therapy and medication management. If the pain does not resolve, the patient may be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection, spinal cord stimulation, or other surgical intervention.