(HealthDay News) -- Disks in the spinal column are soft, rubbery pads wedged between the bones of the spine. They help the spine bend and flex.
When a disk ruptures (herniates), the contents can press against or irritate nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says symptoms of a herniated disk include:
- Weakness that affects one leg or one arm.
- A numb or tingling sensation in one arm, one leg or one side of the buttocks.
- In less frequent cases, loss of bowel or bladder control.
- A burning pain in the neck, an arm or a shoulder.
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