Herniated, bulging, compressed, ruptured, slipped. These are the many names for this condition caused by worn-down, degenerated vertebral cushioning. This naturally occurs when the cushioning between vertebral discs leaks out and irritates nerves. Read on for more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age-related wear and tear
  • Repetitive, spine-stressing activity (especially lifting, bending, twisting)
  • Smoking, excess weight and sedentary lifestyle
  • Sudden injury

Signs & Symptoms

  • Numbness
  • Pain (especially in back, leg, foot)
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatments

  • This condition is most common in men between the ages of 30 and 50.
  • For this condition, staying active may prove more beneficial than bed rest.
  • Treatment may involve anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, hot or cold packs, back or neck massage, back and abdominal exercises, and/or steroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Surgical intervention may be necessary if non-surgical therapies do not resolve pain issues.