Top 10 Spinal Injuries
When a disk with a weakened wall tears it may allow the central portion of the disk to push through the tear or herniate. When the herniation extends into the spinal canal a nerve root may be compressed causing not only lower back pain but painful sensations down the lower extremity on the side of herniation.
Fortunately, the great majority of individuals who sustain a lumbar disk herniation recover without surgery, although supportive non-operative treatment may be indicated depending upon the severity of pain present. A minority individuals continue to experience disabling lower back and lower extremity pain and require surgery for relief of symptoms.