Herniated Disc

A herniated disc can result in difficulty walking, pain in the neck and lower back, sharp, shooting pain in the limbs, muscle spasms, and/or numbness in the limbs.

Herniated Disc Overview

A bulging disc (intervertebal disc) is one of the more common back problems. Many patients may not know they have a bulging disc because they may not experience symptoms. However, when a bulging disc puts pressure on a nerve root it can result in intense pain and/or other symptoms.

The vast majority of bulging discs are in the lumbar spine or lower back. If a bulging disc pinches the sciatic nerve then it can result in sciatic pain or sciatica.

Herniated Disc Causes

Degeneration of the disc is one of the main causes of a bulging disc. As we age the structure of the disc become weaker. As the fibrous outer structure of the disc is weakened it sometimes cannot support the pressure from the center. This can cause the disc to stretch or bulge.

Herniated Disc Symptoms

The symptoms of a bulging disc can vary depending on the location of the disc in question and the extent of the bulge. The location of the disc will normally dictate where symptoms occur the body. The intensity of symptoms will depend on how much pressure the disc is placing on the nerve or nerve root.

When a bulging disc occurs in the neck region – the cervical spine – it can cause radiating pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the upper body. This can include the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers.
When a bulging disc occurs in the middle of the back – the thoracic spine – a patient may experience pain in the chest or upper legs.
When a bulging disc occurs in the lower portion of the spine – the lumbar spine – can cause pain or numbness in the lower back, buttock, and legs. It may also lead to sciatica.

Herniated Disc Surgery

If your bulging disc pain or other symptoms are severe and interfering with your work, sleep, or other activities a surgical treatment like a discectomy may help.

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