A herniated disc is a problem with one of the rubbery discs separating the vertebrae in your spine. It occurs when a tear in the outer part of the disc (annulus fibrosis) and some softer material (nucleus pulposus) inside pushes out. The soft rubbery material pushes on the nerves coming out of your spinal cord.
If you are experiencing intractable neck or back pain, your best bet is to see an orthopedic spine surgeon—a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of conditions affecting the spine. However, with the thousands of practicing orthopedic spine surgeons in the country, searching for and choosing the right one