Archive for the ‘Disc Herniation’ Category

What Are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Here’s what you need to know about having a herniated disc, and what to do about it.

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

Do you think you have a herniated disc? It’s important for you to understand what that diagnosis means.

Your spine is formed by a series of bones and in between each bone there is a disc that serves as a cushion. When healthy these discs help absorb any shock your spine might endure. But, they can become damaged, causing what is also known as a ruptured disc. This can happen in any part of your spine, but generally happens in the lower back.

Now how can you tell if this has happened to you? Since the damage can be located in different spots of your spine and vary in severity, the symptoms are can be very different. Depending on if it is pressing on a nerve, you may be subjected to more pain. In the scenario that it is not pressing on a nerve, you may not have any symptoms at all or you can have aches in your lower back.

When it is pressing on a nerve the story changes, you can be affected with weakness in the area in which the nerve is connected to, discomfort, or numbness.

  • If your herniation is located in your lower back, you can get a pain starting in your buttocks down to your ankles, in addition to some pain in your lower back.
  • If your herniation is located in your upper back, you may experience pain in your thigh.
  • Finally if your herniation is located in your neck, you might feel pain or numbness in your chest, arms, or shoulders.

The pain that you feel may not always be steady; it can gradually get worse or come on suddenly. The weakness that may be caused can take form in multiple locations or it can also limit its effect on one part of your body.

Call Central Florida Spine and Disc at (407) 915-3542 for an appointment today if you think a disc herniation may be causing your back pain.

Disc Herniation: How It Affects Your Health

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Disc herniation is a serious condition that can have a domino effect on your health.

Disc Herniation

Disc Herniation

The pain and discomfort caused by disc herniation can be debilitating. Moving in the wrong way can cause pain to radiate outward from the injured area and travel through the arms or down the legs. A herniated disk can lead to a variety of health problems, some of which may not even seem to be related to the spine.

When you experience disc herniation, the first thing your body will try to do is compensate using other body parts to do the work. This can result in pulled or strained muscles, muscles tears and joint injuries. Placing undue stress on other parts of the body can cause further injury to the spinal column and the muscles and tissues that support it.

Pain and discomfort often leads to reduced mobility. If you limit your activity based on the level of pain your spine, muscles and joints can become stiff. Arthritis can aggravate inflammation which occurs in the spine and surrounding tissues. The combination of inflammation and lack of mobility can result in less exercise. Without exercise or other types of movement, you can gain excessive amounts of weight, lose muscle mass and compromise healthy circulation. Constipation may even become an issue.

What You Can Do about Disc Herniation

Seeing a chiropractor can reduce the impact of disc herniation on the body. A qualified chiropractor can help you get back on track, reducing pain and discomfort and restoring prior levels of mobility.

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