Nerve-related symptoms from a herniated disc in the lower back will be felt in the lower extremities; symptoms of a herniated disc in the neck will be felt in the shoulders, arms and hands. Symptoms of a herniated disc usually include numbness, tingling, burning pain, and a loss in reflexes/flexibility.

Herniated disc treatment will most often begin in a conservative measure, incorporating anti-inflammatory medications, ice and heat treatments, exercises, and sometimes physical therapy. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.