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Herniated Disc

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.

Symptoms

  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • 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.

Treatment

  • Rest
  • 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

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