Herniated intervertebral disc

Herniated Intravertebral Disc

Herniated Intravertebral Disc

Herniated Intervertebral Disc occurs since discs
give pressure on spinal nerve.

Disc is the soft tissue between bones of spine and it is called intervertebral
disc. Herniated Intervertebral Disc is common in the lumbar spine which is
the part from below the rib to hip. Disc becomes flat and stiff with aging.
If disc weakens, the edge part is torn where inside disc comes out and
causes the pressure on spinal nerve.
Herniated Intervertebral Disc is common especially in the 30s~40s.


  • Main symptom is the pain leading to the back and the legs.
  • Pain varies depending on the degree of pressure of disc on nerve. In most people, the pain is spreading out from
    hip to thigh calf and they feel tingling in legs and foot.
  • Pain gets worse during the activity but it gets relieved during relaxes.
  • In particular, the pain gets even worse upon coughing, sneezing, sitting position, driving and leaning the body forward.
  • It would be helpful to change the posture or lean to one side of body in order to reduce the pain.


  • Most of Herniated Intervertebral Disc is cured with non-surgicala therapy.
  • When the pain is severe, take a painkiller and take a rest.
  • When the pain is relieved, you can begin stretching and exercising gradually.
    When the pain is completely removed, you should perform exercise without load of weight(swimming, water walking,
  • biking, etc) on a regular basis.
  • It is important not to put on the high-heeled shoes and not to sleep with face down.
    You must follow the instructions carefully in your usual posture and when you lift up something.

Surgery may be necessary in some cases

  • When the pain is very severe
  • When neurological symptoms such as muscle paralysis and sensation numbness progress
  • Even if the maximum non-surgical therapy is carried out, it interferes with daily life