Lumbar Herniated Disk

A lumbar herniated disk is a ruptured disk in your lower back. It occurs when the nucleus or “jelly” is pushed out of your spinal disk through a tear. The ruptured disk puts pressure on a spinal nerve that can cause severe pain, numbness, and sometimes weakness.

Other symptoms associated with a lumbar herniated disk include:

  • persistent back pain worsened by standing, coughing, or sneezing
  • back spasms
  • decreased reflexes at the knee or ankle
  • leg muscle weakness
  • numbness in leg and foot
  • spinal cord compression

Treatments vary depending on the severity of the damage. In minor cases, doctors may recommend rest, pain medication, and, sometimes, acupuncture.

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