Herniated disc pain can be debilitating. However, by using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures, our board-certified spine specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands with herniated discs to return to living active and healthy lives.
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What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc or bulging disc) is a common spinal condition that typically occurs in the lower back region (lumbar spine) or neck.
Your spinal column is made up of vertebrae (spinal bones). Your intervertebral discs lie between the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers or buffers that take pressure off your spine while you engage in weight-bearing activities.
When a portion of one of these discs protrudes into your spinal canal, it is referred to as a herniated disc. It is common for a herniated disc to pinch a spinal nerve and cause back or neck pain.
Herniated discs can also put pressure on the spinal cord and your nerve roots. This condition can even cause arm and leg pain.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
Spinal conditions, such as degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the spine, can result in a herniated disc. Additionally, herniated discs are commonly caused by not using the proper lifting form or by picking up an object that is too heavy.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
If you have a herniated disc, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in your neck or lower back
- Sharp pain that can radiate down your arms or legs (such as sciatica pain)
- Burning in your hands or feet
- Weakness in your hands or feet
- Numbness in your hands or feet
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, scheduling an appointment with one of our board-certified spine specialists as soon as possible would be beneficial. If you delay receiving treatment, your symptoms may intensify or even cause you to develop other spine conditions.
Who Is at Risk of a Herniated Disc?
Generally, those between the ages of 30 and 50 are most likely to experience the pain of a herniated disc. This condition also affects men twice as much as women.