Herniated Disc Symptoms in West Bloomfield, MI
The bones that make up the spine (vertebrae) are cushioned by small discs between them. The disks are round and flat with a tough outer layer that encompasses a soft jelly-like substance called the nucleus. These discs provide cushioning for the spine, like mini shock absorbers. You may experience pain in the back or neck if you develop herniated disc symptoms.
A herniated disc (also known as a slipped, bulged, or ruptured disc) occurs when the some of the nuclei pushes through the hard-outer exterior of the disc and can result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.
Symptoms of herniated discs
Herniated disc symptoms can occur anywhere along the spine but are most common in the lower back and neck. The usual signs that you may have a herniated disc are lower back pain or pain in the neck area.
If the disc herniation is in the lower back, you may experience pain in the buttocks, thigh, and calf. You may also feel pain in your foot. Patients often report that the pain feels sharp and electric-like.
A herniated disc in the neck will typically result in intense pain in your neck which radiates down your shoulder and arm.
Numbness, tingling and muscle weakness can also be a sign of disc herniation.
Your doctor can provide you with an accurate diagnosis based on your history, symptoms, and a thorough physical exam. You may also need an X-ray, MRI, or CAT scan of the affected area.
Causes and risks of herniated discs
Disc degeneration occurs naturally with wear and tear as we age. This is because the discs tend to lose some of their water content which makes them less flexible and prone to injury. This may result in herniated disc symptoms.
However, a single injury or excessive strain can also lead to disc herniation. You may be at risk of developing a herniated disc if you are over-weight or engage in physically demanding activities
which need repetitive movements such as lifting, pulling, pushing, or bending. A herniated disc can also be caused by poor posture.
What treatment is available for herniated discs
Mild disc herniation symptoms can be treated conservatively with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. The doctor may also recommend that the patient sticks to less demanding physical activity which will help reduce inflammation in the spine.
It is fortunate that surgery is very rarely needed to correct disc herniation.
Your chiropractor at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists can help to determine the cause of your herniated disc symptoms and provide you with the proper treatment for your individual case.
Your treatment plan may include spinal manipulation as well as other safe chiropractic techniques to ease your pain and discomfort. You will most likely also learn proper self-care techniques to teach you how to manage pain associated with this condition.
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