A herniated disc is when the outer portion of one of the vertebral discs has been torn, allowing the inner portion of the disc to protrude through.
This is why herniated discs are sometimes referred to as ruptured discs or slipped discs.
If a patient has this condition, it can be very dangerous because the ruptured disc can end up compressing nerves that surround it.
The herniated disc is usually a degenerative condition but some factors may increase your risk of suffering a herniated disc include being overweight, having a physically demanding job, improper lifting, and even genetics.
Many people that have a herniated disc don’t end up experiencing any sort of symptoms, but the ones that do can feel intense pain.
If your herniated disc is in your lower back, you’ll be more likely to feel pain in your buttocks, hips, thighs, and calves. If the problem is in your cervical vertebrae, you’re more likely to feel pain in your shoulders and arms.
Numbness, tingling and general weakness are also symptoms of a herniated disc.
Typically, the muscles and body parts that are served by the affected nerves will experience these symptoms.
If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing any of the symptoms or any back pain that hasn’t been diagnosed, a chiropractor can help in assessing the issue and formulate an effective treatment plan.
Call us at 949-769-3623 to make an appointment for you and your loved ones.