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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.


  • 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.


  • 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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