A herniated disc, also called a bulging disc, is an injury that commonly occurs to the vertebrae in the spine. This happens when one of the discs sitting between the bones of the spine becomes damaged, then presses on the nerves. Herniated discs can cause pain in the back and neck as well as symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or weakness in other areas of the body like the arms, hands, or even the feet. A herniated disc does not always show signs or symptoms until the condition impinges on a nerve in the spinal column and then the pain becomes present. Depending on the location of the herniation on the spine, it can cause excruciating pain, loss of range of motion, and other adverse effects that cannot and should not be ignored.
Symptoms of a herniated disc might not always show up right away. They will show up when the nerve is impinged. If a herniation is large enough, the disc tissue will press down on the adjacent spinal nerves causing shooting pain. Usually, the pain will occur on one side of the body. Other common symptoms include:
Our aim is to identify the cause of your disc injury and formulate a program to conservatively correct the problem before it becomes a surgical issue. We utilize a 'Motion Study Analysis' of your spine, coupled with an extensive examination, to cultivate a very specific treatment plan. It is our mission to make surgery your last resort! In any case of herniation, it is recommended that proper rest be taken to avoid re-injuring the disc. Contact the offices to discuss your current situation and take the steps needed to relieve the pain of a herniated disc.
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