JFK Medical Center North Campus
561.842.6141
Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, our 250-bed acute care facility has more than 30 years of experience in providing the highest quality of care to our community.

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for a Herniated Disc

Small, cushion-like discs lie between the bones of your spine to provide greater flexibility and shock absorption. These discs have soft material in their centers. Sometimes, this softer material pushes through to the outside of the disc, which is a condition called a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc. If you experience the possible symptoms of a herniated disc, you should go to the hospital as soon as possible. At the hospital, a spine doctor can evaluate you and discuss your treatment options. 

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Typical Symptoms

Sometimes, a herniated disc causes no symptoms at all and is only discovered when you have imaging tests performed at the hospital for other reasons. When it does cause symptoms, it typically results in pain in the buttocks, leg, and foot if the herniated disc is in your lower back. If it’s in your upper back, the pain may radiate to your arm or shoulder. If the herniated disc pushes against nearby nerves, you’ll likely experience some numbness, tingling, and weakness. If you have severe pain and numbness, you may wish to go to the emergency department.

Causes and Risk Factors

Usually, a herniated disc is caused by wear and tear damage that gradually occurs as you age. Over time, the discs become less flexible and dry out, which makes them more susceptible to damage. This means that simple actions such as lifting an object or twisting your back can lead to a herniated disc. Occasionally, a herniated disc is caused by a sudden injury, such as falling down during sports activities. Certain risk factors can make it more likely that you’ll experience a herniated disc. In addition to growing older, you are at a higher risk if you carry excess body weight or if you have a job that is physically demanding.

Treatment Options

Often, your care team at the hospital will recommend conservative treatment options first, such as medications to relieve your pain and cortisone injections to reduce inflammation. You could also benefit from physical therapy and applying cold packs. In rare cases, minimally invasive surgery may be recommended.

Put your health in the capable hands of the skilled doctors at West Palm Hospital. If you experience symptoms of a herniated disc, call (561) 842-6141 to schedule an appointment. We are a full-service hospital with a well-equipped emergency department for your urgent medical needs.


Mocktails, Massage, Mammo & More Event - Oct. 15, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Event - Oct 15

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to dedicate it to you! Join us for a night of pampering, food and fun (along with some potentially life-saving information and screenings) at our Mocktails, Massage, Mammo & More event on October 15, 2013 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

This event, held in our Breast Care Center, will include:

  • Hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and desserts
  • A mini massage or beauty treatment
  • A one-on-one Q&A with a breast specialist
  • A mammogram

To RSVP for this exciting event, call us at (1-877) 962-6667. At West Palm Hospital, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive women's health services in a comfortable and supportive environment. For more information about our Breast Care Center in West Palm Beach, visit our website.


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