Lumbar spine (lower spine) – Sciatica is a common result of a herniated disc of the lumbar spine. When there is pressure on a nerve, a person may experience pain, burning, tingling and numbness. These sensations can radiate from the buttock to the leg and, in some cases, into the foot. In addition, the pain may worsen depending on whether a person is sitting, walking, or standing.
Cervical Spine (neck) – When a person experiences a herniated disc of the cervical spine, symptoms can include either dull or sharp pain in the neck or between the shoulder blades. In addition, the pain may radiate down the arm to the hand or fingers. Numbness or tingling may be present in the shoulder or arm.
Thoracic Spine – A thoracic disc herniation can cause pain near the ribs. Specifically, the pain typically originates in the posterior chest and radiates around the rib cage. This type of pain can be triggered from several different factors, including physical exertion or even taking a deep breath. With a thoracic herniated disc, a person may also experience numbness around the chest. This type of herniated disc is rarer than a herniated disc of the lumbar or cervical spine.