6 Things to Know About Herniated Discs

Herniated discs are a common cause of lower back pain.

The bones of your spine have small, round discs between them. These discs are like cushions. They help absorb shock and keep the bones in your spine from pressing on each other as you walk, run and move. A herniated disc occurs when one of your discs moves or bulges out of place. This usually happens in the lower back. It’s very painful and is a common cause of lower back pain. The pain may extend down to your leg, ankle or foot. You may also lose some feeling or have tingling and weakness in your legs.

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