If you think your back pain may be due to a herniated disc, also referred to as a pinched nerve, slipped disc, or bulging disc, we’ll explain what to do and what may have caused it. A herniated disc occurs when the soft, rubbery interior of a disc in your spine seeps through the disc’s outer layer and irritates the surrounding nerves. The following are a few reasons why a disc herniation may occur.
What Causes A Disc Herniation?
Many people think that a herniated disc is caused by a sudden accident or injury. However, the majority of slipped discs areas caused by degenerative disc disease or the gradual wearing down of your discs.
If you’re working a job that requires repetitive movements or heavy lifting, you’re at a higher risk for disc herniation.
As you age, the water content in your discs decreases and reduces the flexibility in your spine which can increase your risk for injuries, such as a herniated disc.
If your family has a history of back injury or herniated discs, you may be more at risk for the same.
Weight gain can put constant stress on your back, discs, and spine, which can increase your risk for disc herniation. Our medical weight loss program can help get you on the right track to spinal and overall health.
What Are The Herniated Disc Symptoms?
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from disc herniation and should speak with your chiropractor.
Numb And Tingling Limbs
Herniated discs may place pressure on your nerves, which can result in numbness or tingling in your arms or legs.
Disc herniation can result in pain in areas of your body that are connected to the affected nerves in your back. A herniated disc in your neck can result in pain in your shoulder and arm, while a herniated disc in your lower back can cause pain in your calf, thigh and buttocks.
Weakness In Arms And Legs
You may be more likely to stumble because of weakness in your legs, or your arms may become weak, making it more difficult to lift or hold items than it normally is.
Herniated Disc Treatment
Although herniated discs can cause discomfort, most disc herniation cases can be treated without surgery. The following are a few treatments offered by Integra Medical Center.
We incorporate chiropractic massage therapy into many of our treatment plans. The benefits of chiropractic massage include reduced nerve pain, decreased stress, loosened muscles, pain relief, and more.
Pain Management Injections
Pain management injections are not meant to heal your herniated disc, but they are used to relieve chronic and immediate pain so that you can work with your chiropractor to develop a treatment plan to heal your disc herniation.
Trained specialists will work with you to understand your condition and customize a physical rehabilitation program to help heal your herniated disc and prevent future injuries.
If you have specific questions about herniated discs that haven’t been answered here, you can Ask The Doctor by completing the form to the right. A member of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.