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