Herniated Disc Problem
A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the jelly donut like cushions (disks) between the vertebrae that stack up to make your spine.
A spinal disc is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer gelatin like center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes a herniated disc is called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.
Sometimes a herniated disc can irritate or even pinch a nearby nerve and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. Less than 1% of people who have a herniated disc do not need surgery to correct the problem.
Non-Painful Herniated Disc
You can have a herniated disc without knowing it — herniated disks sometimes show up on spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disc problem. But some herniated discs are painful. Most herniated discs occur in your lower back (lumbar spine), although they can also occur in your neck (cervical spine).
The most common signs and symptoms of a herniated disc are:
- Arm or leg pain. If your herniated disk is in your lower back, you’ll typically feel the most intense pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf. It may also involve part of the foot. If your herniated disc is in your neck, the pain will typically be most intense in the shoulder and arm. This pain may shoot into your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move your spine into certain positions.
- Numbness or tingling. People who have a herniated disk often experience numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves. this happens when there is pressure against a spinal nerve.
- Weakness. Muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken. This may cause you to stumble, or impair your ability to lift or hold items.
When To See a Doctor
Seek conservative care first, such as a chiropractor or physical therapist, if your neck or back pain travels down your arm or leg, or if it’s accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness. Pain and loss of mobility or function is another reason to seek help. Painful disc without treatment only become worse with time.
Give us a call at 570-622-2525 and we can schedule you for a $7.00 screening for a herniated disc and solutions that may be right for you.