(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:

  • Weakness that affects one leg or one arm.
  • A numb or tingling sensation in one arm, one leg or one side of the buttocks.
  • In less frequent cases, loss of bowel or bladder control.
  • A burning pain in the neck, an arm or a shoulder.