Herniated Disk: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

This information is useful for adults and older adults
herniated disc
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine was the first center in New England to offer minimally invasive endoscopic laser-assisted spine surgery.
  • One of our specialists has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for many clinical trials for disk replacement and motion-sparing and endoscopic spine surgery.
  • Our doctors have been pioneers in disk replacement and endoscopic spine surgery.

Though about half of people with a herniated disk feel no discomfort, the rest who have this condition – which is also known as a ruptured disk or a herniated disk – may find that hard to believe. For them, the sharp, intense pain that radiates down their leg or arm makes it nearly impossible to work, exercise or do much of anything at all. Yale Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation offers patients with herniated disks expert treatment, including an innovative surgical procedure called minimally invasive endoscopic laser-assisted spine surgery.