(HealthDay News) -- Disks in the spinal column are soft, rubbery pads wedged between the bones of the spine. They help the spine bend and flex.
When a disk ruptures (herniates), the contents can press against or irritate nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says symptoms of a herniated disk include:
-- Diana Kohnle
Last Updated: July 02, 2012
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