What is Herniated Disc?
What is Herniated Disc?A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disc is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disc occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.
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Signs and Symptoms:
Many people who have a herniated disc are not aware of it because they have no symptoms of leg or back pain. Symptoms that do appear vary greatly, depending on the position of the herniated disc. If the herniated disc is:
- Not pressing on a nerve, there may be a low backache or no symptoms at all
- Pressing on a nerve, pain or numbness can occur in the area of the body leading from the nerve
- Located in the neck, pain or numbness may be felt in the shoulders, arms or chest
- Located in the lower back, sciatica may occur and cause leg pain and other nerve-related symptoms, such as weakness, numbness or tingling in one leg. Pain from a herniated disc in the lower back (sciatica) may be felt in the buttock and down the back of the leg to the ankle or foot. There may be low back pain, but it is usually not as severe as leg pain
Diagnosis & Treatment
While lower back pain is extremely common, the symptoms and severity of lower back pain vary greatly. This is why at Boston Gonstead Chiropractic we begin by performing a comprehensive physical and orthopedic exam to pinpoint the sources of your low back pain. Treatment may include a number of different therapeutic modalities that will be tailored to you depending on your diagnosis. Some of these modalities include chiropractic adjustments, exercise, physical therapy and ultra sound.