The term “herniated disc” refers to a problem with one of the rubbery, gel-like cushions between the vertebrae of the spine. Disc herniation occurs when the interior “jelly” of the disc pushes through the tougher exterior and irritates nearby nerves, resulting in pain that ranges from mild to severe.
When a disc is herniated, it may bulge and the jelly-like interior could leak out through a tear, or the bulge may press against or pinch a nerve.
When a disc becomes herniated, the “jelly” of the disc bulges out and may press on nerve, or leak through the tear.
There are many treatments available for herniated discs both nonsurgical and surgical. Afterward, most people can resume their normal activities.