Herniated Disc

In recent years, disc herniation in children has become more common. A herniated disc develops when one of the discs between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine moves out of position and presses on adjacent nerves. These discs are cushions that have a soft center and a hard outside. If the hard part of the disc cracks and the soft part is exposed, it is called a hernia. A herniated disc can also be called a “pinched nerve” or “bulging disc.”


Symptoms of a herniated disc may include:

  • Pain the back
  • Pain in one or both of the legs
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in one or both legs


At Children’s, our specialists will find the best treatment path for each child. Physical therapy usually is the first step in treatment. If further treatment is needed, our specialists might recommend surgery to remove the disc. This surgery is called a discectomy. Children and teens typically do better after discectomy surgeries than adults. Most patients report satisfaction and have few complications. Children and teens often return to school and activities quickly after this type of surgery.