(HealthDay News) — A herniated disc is a spinal injury that can be caused by excessive strain, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Symptoms of a herniated disc can range from a soft back ache to extreme pain or numbness.
After diagnosis, doctors usually recommend that patients maintain a low, painless activity level for a few days or weeks.
For mild-to-moderate pain, patients can use anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. Physical therapy may entail ice and heat therapy, electrical muscle stimulation and stretching exercises.
For a herniated diss that causes severe pain, a doctor may recommend surgery.