A cervical disc herniation, also referred to as a slipped disc, is the condition in which the tough outside of the vertebral disc weakens causing the soft internal tissues to bulge or seep out. These soft tissues can put pressure on the nerves in the spinal column resulting in a pinched nerve. When the pain associated with a pinched nerve becomes severe, sensations of numbness and tingling can shoot down the body, affecting the extremities. Typical causes of a herniated disc include whiplash, quick jerky head movements, improper weight lifting and degenerative disc disease. Sufferers of disc herniation complain of dull or throbbing pain in the neck, upper back and/or shoulders.