5 Signs of a Herniated Disc

5 Signs of a Herniated Disc

Herniated discs are a common cause of chronic back pain in 30-50-year-olds. This type of chronic pain can not only limit what you can do physically, but also increase your risk for a disability if you don’t get the right treatment.

At DMC Healthcare, our skilled chiropractor Bryan Weddle, DC, specializes in chiropractic techniques to relieve back pain associated with a herniated disc and ensure your spine is properly aligned.

Dr. Weddle personalizes your care plan to your specific needs, so you can stay pain-free in the long-term.

What to know about a herniated disc

Within your spine are protective discs that sit between your vertebrae. Each disc has a tough exterior and a soft, gel-like center.

The discs cushion your spine with each of your movements and prevent the bones from rubbing together and creating friction. Friction can trigger persistent inflammation and pain in your spine, limiting your range of motion and flexibility.

As you get older or because of trauma, the discs can weaken and break down. When a disc ruptures, or herniates, it means the material in its center is pushing outward. The disc material can press on the nearby nerves or your spinal cord.

5 herniated disc symptoms

When a herniated disc presses on your nerves or spinal cord, it can cause a variety of symptoms that vary based on the location of the damaged disc.

Here are 5 common symptoms associated with a herniated disc:

1. Back pain

If a disc herniates in your mid-back (thoracic spine) or lower back (lumbar spine), it can cause persistent back pain and limited flexibility in these areas.

2. Leg and hip pain

A herniated disc in your thoracic or lumbar spine can press on the nerves that run through your hips, legs, and feet. This can lead to pain and weakness that radiates down into your lower limbs.

3. Neck pain

If a disc herniates in your neck (cervical spine), you may have neck pain and stiffness that limits the range of motion you have in your neck.

4. Arm pain

A herniated disc in your cervical spine can cause pain and weakness that radiates down into your shoulders, arms, and hands.

5. Numbness and tingling sensations

Pressure on your nerves can lead to numbness and tingling in your spine and limbs. Over time, it may become more difficult for you to grasp things with your hand or walk for long periods of time because of these symptoms.

How chiropractic care can address herniated disc symptoms

To relieve the pain, numbness, and tingling that’s common with a herniated disc, Dr. Weddle uses chiropractic methods like active release techniques and spinal decompression.

The goals of these therapies are to restore realignment in your spine and take pressure off the damaged disc. These treatments allow your body time to heal the discs and also alleviate pressure on your spinal cord and surrounding nerves, so you can enjoy long-term pain relief.

Dr. Weddle may also recommend exercises you can do at home or physical therapy to further improve the healing of your spine. Exercises target the muscles that support your spine to make them stronger and more flexible to reduce your risk for additional disc herniation.

If you have symptoms of a herniated disc, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at DMC Healthcare by phone or book a chiropractic consultation online today. 

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