Herniated Discs: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A herniated disc can be an extremely painful condition. A herniated disc doesn't just cause pain, however. It can also lead to numbness, weakness, tingling, and burning sensations in your back and extremities. Treatment from our skilled chiropractic team at Escobedo Chiropractic & Associates in Columbia, S.C. can find the offending disc, treat the issue, and alleviate your pain and other symptoms.
What Does It Mean to Have a Herniated Disc?
Your spine is made up of bones, known as vertebrae, stacked on top of each other. Between each vertebra is a cushion. This cushion is called a disc. The purpose of the cushion disc is to absorb shock while you are walking, running, or performing any number of other movements in your daily life.
Each disc is made up of two parts, an inner section and an outer casing. A herniated disc occurs when the inner section pushes its way through a tear or rupture in the outer casing. A herniated disc causes pain by compressing a nearby spinal nerve.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
Age is one factor that leads to a herniated disc. As you grow older, your discs become less flexible. This can lead to tearing even with minor provocation.
Sometimes, a person's occupation can cause the problem. Some people have very physically demanding jobs. Constantly lifting, twisting, and bending can lead to a herniated disc.
Poor lifting techniques and habits puts extra stress on your spinal column. People who use their back muscles instead of their legs muscles to pick up heavy objects are at high risk for developing a herniated disc. As are those who twist and turn their back while lifting.
What Are Some Herniated Disc Symptoms?
Sometimes, a herniated disc will not have any symptoms. Here are few common symptoms that many people experience:
Tingling and numbness: Since a herniated disc may be pushing against a nerve, the area of your body served by that nerve may go numb or start tingling.
Muscle weakness: Your nerves are the connection between your muscles and your brain. If a herniated disc is affecting a nerve's ability to transmit information to your brain, it will make the affected muscle weaker.
Pain: A herniated disc in your neck can cause pain in your shoulders and arms. When coughing, sneezing, or conducting certain movements, can exacerbate this pain.
If you have a herniated disc in your lower back, the pain will normally show up in your buttocks, thighs, and calves.
A Skilled Chiropractor Can Help You with Your Herniated Disc Symptoms. Come See Our Columbia Chiropractor Today!
Dr. Escobedo of Escobedo Chiropractic Associates in Columbia, S.C. is passionate about helping people. Through a variety of therapeutic therapies and exercises, he can help to relieve the symptoms of a herniated disc. Call us today to set up and appointment and start on the road to recovery. Our number is 803-788-2167.