Herniated Lumbar Disc

Herniated Lumbar Disc

Herniated lumbar disc occurs when a gel-like disc in the lower back is damaged or presses the nerve roots.

A disc herniation can occur anywhere along the spine. However, the condition most often occurs in the lower back. Herniated lumbar disc is a common cause of lower back pain. A herniated disc can also cause pain in the leg.

Major symptoms of herniated lumbar disc

• Feel a sharp pain that extends from the buttock to the back of one leg
• Feel weakness in the leg
• Feel numbness or tingling sensation in the leg or foot

Risk factors of a herniated lumbar disc

• Using lower back muscles instead of leg muscles when lifting heavy objects can damage the discs
• Being overweight can put extra pressure on a disc in your lower back
• Repetitive motion that strains your spine, such as bending, lifting or twisting can wear and tear your disc
• Sitting down for a long period of time can put pressure on your lower back
• Smoking may prevent oxygen supply to your disc and cause disc degeneration

Treatments for herniated lumbar disc

Microscopic discectomy
Endoscopic disc surgery