Symptoms of a herniated disc

Physiotherapy practice in Berlin specialising in herniated intervertebral disc

Symptoms of a herniated disc are normally sudden pain in the lower back, sometimes referred to as lumbago.

This is often caused by sudden body rotation or movement. A herniated disc is often accompanied by numbness in the area of the trapped nerve root. Sneezing, coughing and straining can intensify the pain. Bladder, bowel and/or erection disorders can also be symptoms.

Symptoms of a herniated neck disc include headaches, neck pain, pain radiating into the arm, hand or individual fingers.
A herniated disc in the lower part of the spinal column frequently occurs in the lumbar spine between L4 and L5 or in the transition from the lumbar to the sacral spine at the 5th lumbar/sacral vertebrae (S1). Irritation or pressure damage to spinal nerve roots can cause root compression syndrome.

Symptomatic of a herniated lumbar disc is pain that arises in the lower back and radiates into the leg, foot or individual toes. This can sometimes cause a dropped foot, which leads to frequent stumbling or sensory disturbances (pins and needles).

Disc displacement can, however, also be passive and patients may not experience back pain or any other symptoms.

You will find a detailed description of what a herniated disc is and what can cause a herniated disc on my website. My physiotherapy practice specialises in spinal therapies following a herniated disc. I am happy to help you.