What is it?
May be likely if
Pain radiates down buttock, leg, or arm
Classically, compression fractures occur in the back, not the neck. Pain related to compression fractures is localized over the area of injury.
Previously diagnosed with herniated disc
If you've been diagnosed with a herniated disc since the onset of your pain, then this is the most likely culprit causing your pain.
Recent trauma or injury
Even minor trauma from simple daily activities such as lifting a box or an accidental fall can be the cause.
Pain predominately localized to one side
One sided pain is a common feature of a herniated disc as the portion of the disc that herniates outside of its casing normally herniates to the right or left.
Worsening pain when bending or lifting leg
Worsening pain when bending or lifting the leg is frequently encountered with a herniated disc as the already inflamed nerve becomes even more stretched.
Epidural Steroid Injection
An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves pain caused by agitated discs and nerves. Long acting steroid medication is injected directly on top of the injured nerve thus significantly reducing inflammation.
The major conservative means of trying ot decrease herniated disc pain are rest, modified activity, medications, and stretching (if tolerated).