Herniated discs occur when discs protrude or bulge, causing the discs to compress the nerves or irritate the spinal cord. Some common symptoms include sharp pain in the lower back or neck, leg/arm pain, muscle spasms, and muscle weakness. In many cases patients needlessly endure very painful, and many times unsuccessful, surgeries. These surgeries often leave patients in worse pain than before. The very skilled staff at Back and Neck Doctors can treat most of these injuries, typically leading to a successful recovery without surgery.