Herniated discs, more commonly referred to as bulging, ruptured, or slipped discs, can play a large role in producing neck, and more commonly lower back pain. The herniation process occurs when the nucleus pulposus (inner core of the vertebral disc) bulges out through the annulus fibrosis (outer layer of ligaments surrounding the disc). Pressure created by the bulging disc can entrap or pinch nerves in your spine, creating pain in other areas of the body. In most herniated disc cases, acute and sharp pain sensations are experienced, many times with additional “shooting” type pains into the lower extremities. The onset of pain with this condition can occur both suddenly as well as following a “tearing sensation” in the spine.