A ‘slipped’ (prolapsed) disc often causes severe lower back or neck pain.
The disc often presses on a nerve root which can cause pain and other symptoms in a leg or arm. Painkillers may help. Physical treatments such as spinal manipulation and traction may also help. Surgery may be an option if the symptoms persist.
A slipped disc (also called a prolapsed or herniated disc) can cause:
Lower back pain – the most common symptom
Numbness or tingling in your shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs or feet
Problems bending or straightening your back
Pain in the buttocks, hips or legs if the disc is pressing on the sciatic nerve (sciatica)
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