The discs in your back can become worn or be injured causing the soft centre of the disc to push out of its normal space.
This is called a disc prolapse or herniated disc. Your back is made up of 24 hollow bones held together by fibrous plates called discs.
Sometimes prolapsed discs put pressure on the nerves in your spine. This may make you feel pain running over your hip and down your leg called sciatic pain (sciatica). You may also feel “pins and needles” or numbness in your leg and lower back pain. In extreme cases symptoms may include difficulty in passing urine.
If your symptoms persist or get worse you may be referred to a spinal consultant. They may order x-rays or an MRI scan. Based on the results of these procedures your consultant may recommend further treatment:
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