A herniated or slipped disc occurs when a disc in the spinal column, which provides cushion and space between the back’s vertebrae, slips out of place or breaks open. This is usually caused by an injury or strain.
- Muscle weakness
- A slipped disc in the lower back can cause shooting pain in the leg, hip or buttocks.
- A slipped disc in the neck may cause pain when moving the neck, deep pain near the shoulder blade or pain that moves through the upper arm, forearm and fingers.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for pain control
- Muscle relaxants for back spasms
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections to reduce swelling
- Discectomy to remove all or part of a disc