Originally Posted by goldenryan
I'm not a doctor, is a ruptured disc serious?
It can be bad and it can be not so bad, depending on the rupture. It is also known as a herniated disc. I had this same injury from a mountain bike accident, and for me, I ended up with surgery (microdiscectomy) a few years ago.
So it all depends on where the rupture is and how badly it is pressing on the nerves to cause pain, tingling and numbness. I am not a doctor, but prior to my surgery, I did a lot of research on it (for good reason).
Anyway, he will be faced with physical therapy likely to start to see if that helps but it could lead to surgery, of which there is more than one option on the type of surgery. Hopefully he will be okay.