Leaky Disc Syndrome is a term coined by Dr. Pauza because he found himself continuously explaining to patients how their lower back/leg pain or neck and arm symptoms were likely caused by annular tears, which allowed the inner portion of the disc to leak onto the spinal nerves, causing inflammation and pain. Many patients are told their symptoms are caused by a compressed nerve. While this is true in some cases, Dr. Pauza believes most pain and numbness experienced in the extremities is caused by annular tears that have progressed into a herniated and bulged discs.