A herniated disc happens when there is a problem with a spinal disc between the vertebrae. A disc becomes herniated when the soft interior pushes through a tear or rupture of the cartilaginous exterior. Many people can have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms, but some herniated discs can be very painful. Most problems with herniated discs occur in the lower back, but problems can also happen in the neck.
A single strain, such as lifting a heavy object, or injury like a motor-vehicle accident can cause a herniated disc. Many patients don't know what caused their disc herniation. Disc material does degenerate as you age as well as ligaments weaken. Due to this degeneration, the disc tissue is not as strong and a disc herniation is more likely to occur. Even a minor strain can cause disc herniation as you age.
Arm or leg pain: If you have a herniated disc in your lower back, you will most likely feel the pain in your buttocks, thighs and calves. If your herniated disc is in your neck, you will typically feel the pain in your shoulder and arm.
Numbness or tingling: People with a herniated disc can feel numbness or tingling in the parts of the body where the nerves are being affected by the disc, such as in the arms or legs
Weakness: Many times, muscles with the affected nerves will feel weaker.
Increased pain when coughing or sneezing
Pain at night that makes it difficult to sleep
Additional pain in the morning with decreased activity.
If you believe you may have a herniated disc in Algonquin or have more questions, call us today.