Herniated Disk: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Herniated disk also known as slipped disk occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pops out from its covering. This may have an impact on neighboring nerves, resulting in limb pain, numbness, or weakness.

A herniated disc can cause little pain in some persons, especially if it does not push on any nerves. The disorder is also known as a prolapsed disc or a slipping disc.

Herniated discs can be treated in a number of effective ways, despite the fact that they occasionally cause excruciating agony. Symptoms often subside or disappear after a few weeks, but if they continue or worsen, surgery may be necessary.

This article will discuss with you the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of a herniated disk. You will also learn about the risk factors for disk herniation and strategies that may help to prevent the condition.

Who Is At Risk of Herniated Disk

People between the ages of 30 to 50 are most likely to get a herniated disk. The problem affects men twice as often as women. Other risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Sitting for long periods in the same position.
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Constantly bending or twisting motions for work, sports or hobbies
  • Smoking

Up to 2% of persons experience a herniated disc every year. Back, arm, neck, and/or leg discomfort (sciatica) [1] are frequently brought on by herniated discs. Herniated discs can occur anywhere along the spine, but they most frequently happen in the neck or lower back. Mid-back herniated discs are uncommon.