Your vertebral discs support the vertebral bones, allowing for twisting and bending of the spine. Inside each vertebral disc is an inner, soft core. A herniated disc happens when a part of the inner disc material bulges out, which pushed onto the nerves and causes pain.
A herniated disc can occur because of age related deterioration or disc degeneration. Sometimes it will develop over time and sometimes it can occur due to an injury.
Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary, and sometimes patients may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms include tingling, numbness or extreme pain. A herniated disc that occurs in the neck may develop pain in the arms and shoulders. A herniated disc in the back could develop pain in the buttocks and legs, often called sciatica.
A herniated disc rarely needs to be treated with surgery as it can respond well to non-surgical options. Depending on severity, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, corticosteroid injections, or physical therapy may be recommended.
If you believe you have a herniated disc, let our Board Certified Physicians at Non-Surgical Orthopaedics help. Call us for an appointment within 24 hours at 770-421-1420.