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What is it?
Between the vertebrae of your spine are discs, which help provide adequate spacing between the vertebral bodies and allow for greater spinal mobility. These discs can be thought of as buffers between the bones in your spine, which lets you bend and/or move comfortably. The vertebral discs are made up of a firm outer layer and a soft, gel-like center known as the Nucleus Pulposus. If the outer layer of the disc tears or becomes damaged, the soft inner material can start to push through the disc wall, becoming a herniated disc. The new disc “bulge” from the leaked material may press against the nerves in your spine, which is what causes discomfort. This can generally occur anywhere along an individual’s spine, but herniated discs usually tend to appear in the lower back or neck.
What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
The symptoms depend on where the herniated disc is located. As aforementioned, this condition typically occurs in the lower back or neck. If in the back, you might experience sharp pain that moves down one side of your buttocks into your leg, and sometimes into the foot as well. A herniated disc in the back could also lead to tingling or numbness in the legs and/or feet, as well as muscle weakness. If in the neck, a herniated disc would likely cause pain somewhere near or between your shoulder blades. You might also especially feel pain in the back and sides of your neck. This pain might move along your shoulder, arm, hand, or fingers. A herniated disc in the neck could also cause an individual to experience numbness or tingling in their arms. If you think that you might be experiencing pain from a herniated disc, give us a call today! We’re happy to help you figure out your chronic pain, no matter the cause or severity. Our Apex team is committed to working with you to develop a customized treatment plan that takes into account your individual needs, preferences, and lifestyle.
What causes a herniated disc?
Every year, up to 2% of people experience a herniated disc. This condition is most likely to affect individuals ages 30-50 years old, and men more so than women. Certain activities can make an individual more likely to experience a tear or damage to the vertebral discs, including repetitive bending/twisting motions or sudden strain from improper lifting or twisting. Lifestyle habits can increase the risk of a herniated disc as well, including improper weight management and smoking habits.