What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a spinal disc with a ruptured outer layer. Pressure from the vertebrae located above and directly below a damaged disc force a portion of the gel-like soft disc interior known as the nucleus pulposus through a torn or weakened area of the annulus. When the disc presses on the nearby nerves, the result is pain. Herniated discs frequently occur in the lower part of the spine. If you are experiencing lower back pain or pain in your neck, visiting a Walker Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Miramar, FL is the first step towards relief.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Symptoms of a herniated disc located in the lower back are:
- Muscular weakness
- Numbness or tingling in the feet or legs
- Pain the radiates from the buttocks to the legs and even the feet (known as sciatica)
When a herniated disc occurs in the neck, symptoms may include:
- Spasm of the neck muscles
- Pain that radiates on the sides and back of the neck and increases upon rotating or bending the neck
- Pain that radiates to the tops of the shoulders, the arm, and on occasion, the fingers and palms of the hands
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
There are several potential causes of a herniated disc.
- Bodily injury: one of the most common results from an automobile accident, in which the force of a collision places a great amount of pressure on the back, is a herniated disc. Another common injury that may cause a spinal disc to herniate is the improper lifting of a heavy object.
- Spinal wear and tear: a herniated disc may occur as a result from natural wear and tear that a body undergoes.
- Excess weight: carrying excessive weight can contribute to a herniated disc due to strain placed on the back. By maintaining a healthy weight, less pressure is placed on the intervertebral discs.
How Can a Chiropractor Treat a Herniated Disc?
The primary goal when visiting a chiropractor at Walker Chiropractic and Wellness Center, which proudly services the Miramar, FL, area, is to relieve pain in three phases: relief care, restorative/corrective care, and wellness care. If you are experiencing lower back pain or neck pain resulting from herniated disc symptoms, our highly trained staff can determine if you have a herniated disc and will help you begin your journey to pain relief.