Herniated discs cause pain, numbness, or weakness down the neck, the arm, or the hip. Although it most typically affects one side of the body, some people experience symptoms on both sides. The pain could also spread, or radiate, down the leg, which can significantly lower one’s ability to do physical activities.
This condition happens because the discs lose some of their water content as the body ages. Once this happens, tiny tears in the outer layer of the disc pave the way for the inner protein to make their way out of the bone. Once they are there, they are at risk of herniating or rupturing.
Check out this video to learn more about herniated discs. If you are experiencing any pain, numbness, or weakness in your neck, back, or limbs you should make an appointment with a spine surgeon in Los Angeles to discuss your treatment options.