Herniated Disc – Causes and Symptoms
Causes of a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc, or bulging disc, occurs when part of the spinal disc squeezes through a gap in the surrounding tissues. The disc pinches a nerve or the spinal cord (in the neck). This can cause pain, weakness and numbness in the arms or legs.
A herniated disc can be caused by a sudden injury, such as falling or lifting something heavy. It can also happen as your spinal discs change with age.
Symptoms of Herniated Disc
The most common symptoms of a herniated disc are:
- Sharp, shooting pain down an arm or leg, often with neck or back pain
- Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
- Losing bladder or bowel control
If you can't control your bladder or bowels, see a doctor right away. You might need emergency surgery.