A herniated disc occurs when a small portion of an intervertebral disc shifts to an abnormal position, putting pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves. Small herniations are sometimes called “bulges” or “protrusions.” Pressure on a spinal nerve can cause discomfort that radiates down the arms and even sometimes to the hands. There can also be burning pain, weakness, and/or numbness.
A more in depth look at cervical disc herniation, 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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