Herniated and Bulging Disc Treatments in Arlington
Our spines are made up of vertebrae; individual bones in the back separated by spinal discs. These spinal discs are made up of an interior jelly like fluid. The discs have a squishy and rubbery consistency but is protected by a tougher rough exterior. The discs provide support to the vertebrae and allow for cushion and “sponginess” between the spinal joints.. This cushion allows the vertebrae to move and function properly within the spinal column to absorb shock and pressure.
The discs can sometimes become traumatized by an impact or injury. The disc can then become inflamed and put pressure on the surrounding nerves around the spinal cord. This is referred to as a slipped disc or bulging disc and can cause slight pain and discomfort in the back. Sometimes these discs can burst open due to pressure, this creates a herniation or tear in the disc. As a result, near by nerves can be exposed to pressure from the disc creating pain as they become pinched or spill out of the spinal column. This pain in the back can be accompanied by numbness and weakness in limbs.
It is possible to have a herniated disc and not be aware of it, but most herniated discs are painful. The most common signs and symptoms are listed below:
- Back pain – Pain resulting from the herniated or bulging disc that puts pressure on nerves in the back.
- Pain in the rear – Herniated discs in the lower back (the most common area) often result in lower back pain and shooting pain through the buttock area.
- Arm or leg pain – Herniated discs can often put pressure on the nerves, causing pain in the legs or arms. If the sciatic nerve is compressed you can feel pain in the hip and down the leg towards the knee.
- Numbness or tingling – People who have a herniated disc often experience numbness or tingling in the body from the affected nerves.
- Weakness – Muscles near the compressed nerves of the herniated discs can often feel weak.
Causes of Herniated Disc
Many people have trouble identifying the exact reason or cause of a disc herniation. Which is why it is important to contact a pain management expert to identify your pain. Once the source of your pain has been determined proper treatment can be applied. Some common causes of herniated disc are:
- Degenerating disc disease – Gradual aging and wear-and- tear of the disc. Over time the disc becomes weak thus limiting flexibility making them prone to slip out of position or rupture.
- Improper use of muscles – Using your back to lift heavy objects instead of the legs, or preforming twisting motions with the back.
- Traumatic impact – Although rare, sometimes the force of impact from an accident or injury can cause the discs in the back to slip or rupture.
- Repetitive movement – The same movement patterns done over and over can wear down the discs in the back leading to herniation.
The back is a very strong part of the body, but improper care of the back and lack of treatment after injury can lead to debilitating pain later in life. Take care of your back and be mindful of your posture. Exercise the back muscles regularly, ice down injuries, and rest if your back becomes sore or injured. These tips can reduce the chance of developing a herniated disc.
Disc herniation is a serious condition. If you are suffering from back pain our chiropractic doctors and therapist at Arkansas Pioneer Chiropractic Health Centre can help. We will help you discover the root of your pain and use proper treatment techniques to provide you with safe and effective pain relief.