What is a Herniated DISC?
Between the vertebrae of your spine are soft discs. These discs allow your spine to twist and bend and can even absorb shocks. If these discs are damaged, the disc’s soft center can push through the disc wall creating a bulge. This bulge can press against nerves along your spine. This bulge can press against nerves along your spine causing you to experience pain.
A herniated disc can be caused by the normal wear and tear of ageing. As you age your spinal discs become less flexible and are prone to cracks and tears. Herniated discs can also be caused by traumatic injuries or if you lift something heavy.
Symptoms depend on how bad the herniation is and at what level of your spine is experiencing the herniation.
- Lumbar Spine: Most herniations happen in the lumbar spine causing pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling in your buttocks, leg, and foot.
- Cervical Spine: A herniation in your cervical spine can cause problems in your neck, shoulder, arm, and hands.
Treatment depends on the severity of your herniation. You may benefit from rest, medications, injections, and/or physical therapy. If these treatment methods do not help you may need surgery to relieve your symptoms.
If surgery is needed, one of our AVALA Spine Surgeons can create a personalized care plan just for you.
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