Symptoms of Herniated Discs
The main symptom of a herniated disc is sharp and acute pain, often described as a “deep pain,” which increases in severity as it moves down the affected leg.
Pain onset may occur suddenly, or be preceded by a snapping or tearing sensation in the spine. This sensation may be attributed to the annulus fibrosis suddenly tearing.
There is often a limited range of motion present in patients with herniated discs, and patients will often lean to one side when bending over. Walking will often be painful, with patients attempting to alter their gait by straightening the affected leg to avoid putting too much weight on it.