The bones in the spinal column are separated by disks which provide a cushion between the vertebrae. The disks allow movement of the vertebrae for bending and reaching. When a disk moves out of place, pressure on the spinal nerves occurs. This can lead to pain, numbness or weakness. This type of disk herniation in your neck may cause pain when moving your neck, deep pain near or over the shoulder blade, or pain that moves to the upper arm, forearm and fingers. When the slipped disk or herniation occurs in the lower back, the pain may be in one part of the leg, hip, or buttocks, and numbness in other parts.
Disc herniation is usually due to age related degeneration, or trauma, or lifting injuries. Slipped disks occur more often in middle-aged and older men, usually after strenuous activity.
In many circumstances, disc herniations can be successfully treated with medication, physical therapy, and steroid injections performed by a pain management specialist.