Herniated Disc Symptoms, Treatment & Causes
Herniated disc are quite common in adults. Neck pain, lower back pain are a few symptoms caused by a living with a herniated disc. The cushion type tissue between the bones in your neck are called inter-vertebral discs. These discs are composed of a soft gel-like center and a tough outer lining and create a joint between the bones in the spine that allows them to move. A spinal disc herniation occurs when the lining surrounding the disc tears and the soft center is pushed through the opening.Get Treatment Now: (866) 398-0868
Herniated Disc Causes
Many times, a bulging disc and herniated disc are confused with another. When you have determined you are suffering from a spinal herniated disc, relief may be just around the corner. A herniated disc may be caused by numerous things. The most common of which is the simple process of aging. As we get older, the discs din our spines can lose their flexibility and elasticity while the ligaments surrounding the discs can become brittle and are more easily damaged or torn. Because this can put pressure on spinal nerves (radiculopathy) or on the spinal cord (myelopathy), it can cause painful symptoms.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
The symptoms most commonly experience with a herniated disc are:
- Neck pain
- Pain that radiates down the arm
- Numbness or tingling in the arm or hand
- Weakness in the arms (definite reason to consult a specialist)
Herniated Disc Diagnosis & Treatment
Do herniated discs heal? The question although simple, has many different possibilities. Healing herniated disc naturally will always require some assistance from a spine doctor. As it is not possible to detect a herniated disc with an X-ray alone, an MRI is usually ordered to verify the diagnosis of a herniated disc especially if the doctor suspects another condition or needs to determine which nerves are affected. CT Scans may also be used to rule out other conditions. A Myelogram may be used in some cases, where a dye is injected into the spinal fluid, and then an X-ray is taken. This procedure can show pressure on your spinal cord or nerves due to multiple herniated discs. It can also assist in ruling out spinal cord tumors, abscesses and bony overgrowth’s. If you have symptoms and you believe you may have herniated disc, we advise you seek qualified, medical attention to confirm. If you are in Orange County or the surrounding areas and would like to be seen in an all-in-one, multidisciplinary practice, The Brain And Spine Institute of California is has limited openings available. Take back the life pain has taken away from you and your loved ones, by making an appointment today. Call (866) 398-0868.
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