A lumbar disc herniation occurs when a small portion of an intervertebral disc moves into an abnormal position, putting pressure on the spinal nerves. If this happens, this pressure can lead to symptoms including: pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in one or both legs.
A more in depth look at lumbar disc herniations, including possible risk factors and common symptoms.
- Jordan J, Konstantinou K, O’Dowd J. Herniated lumbar disc. BMJ Clin Evid. 2009;2009:1118. Published 2009 Mar 26.
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