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Herniated Disc

A herniated disc occurs when part or all of a disc slips or ruptures between the vertebrae in your spinal column. For this reason, a herniated disc is also known as a “slipped disc” or a “ruptured disc.”

Herniated disc: what you should know

  • A common symptom of a herniated disc in your lower back is sciatica, a radiating pain down your leg. Other herniated disc symptoms include tingling or weakness in your leg.  
  • If you have a herniated disc in your neck, you may experience pain, tingling or weakness in your arm or neck.
  • In most cases without neurologic issues, nonsurgical treatments will relieve herniated disc symptoms within a few days or weeks.

How can I get help for a herniated disc?

Call your primary care doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control with your pain
  • Back pain or neck pain that wakes you up during your sleep
  • Numbness or weakness in your legs

Departments and programs that treat this condition