Do You Have Herniated Disc Symptoms?
A herniated disc is one of the most common conditions that bring patients here to see our chiropractor at CoreHealth Wellness Center in Dallas. In many herniated disc cases, the fibrous outer layer of a spinal disc that herniates has already been deteriorating for some time. Since spinal discs naturally break down as a person ages, this can be a common occurrence. In other words, some spinal discs are a ticking time bomb ready to rupture with a person’s next twisting movement. Many who suffer from herniated discs are surprised to find out they have a herniated disc. As such, we take the time to answer all their questions.
What Is a Spinal Disc and Why Does It Herniate?
The human spine is formed by bones called vertebrae which are stacked upon each other like a tower. Each vertebra sits upon a small round disc that separates it from its neighbor and serves as a shock absorber. The center, or nucleus, of these cushions is made up of a gelatinous substance and is surrounded by a tougher material called the annulus.
Discs become herniated when a tear occurs in the annulus, allowing some of the nucleus to push out and into the spinal canal. Since there is not enough space there for the spinal nerve running through the vertebrae and the ruptured disc fragment, the displaced disc crowds the nerve, causing pain.
What Are the Most Common Herniated Disc Symptoms?
Arm or leg pain: If the herniated disc is in the lower vertebrae, you may feel sharp or burning pain in your buttocks, thigh, calf, and sometimes in your foot. If it's in the neck area, the pain will be felt in your arm and/or shoulder.
Radiating numbness or tingling originating in the spinal area where a hernated disc is located.
Weakness: Muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken, affecting your ability to carry or lift items. You may also find yourself stumbling more than usual.
When Should You Come See Our Chiropractor at CoreHealth Wellness Center in Dallas and Oak Lawn?
If you have any of the above symptoms, by all means make an appointment with our chiropractor. However, even if you don't, everyone can benefit from an annual chiropractic screening, since it is possible to have a herniated disc without any symptoms. Fortunately herniated discs will show up on a spinal x-ray, allowing you to take precautions, such as starting an exercise regimen, losing weight, and concentrating on good posture.