A herniated disc develops when the soft cushion that sits between the spinal vertebra is pushed outside of its normal position. This would not be a problem except for the spinal nerves that are located close to the edge of these discs.
Spinal discs are soft cushions that sit between each vertebra of the spine. They tend to become more rigid with age and as a result, are more prone to injury. As the disc become less elastic, it becomes likely to rupture. A portion of the disc then pushes outside of its normal boundary, creating a herniated disc.
Some common causes for herniated discs may include sudden falls, or repetitive straining of the spine, or a preexisting condition known as spinal stenosis. Common symptoms include abnormal sensations, or “electric shock pains”, usually felt in the arms or legs. You may also experience tingling and numbness, and weakening of the muscles. Bowel or bladder problems are also telltale signs.
Treatment for a herniated disc depends on several factors: the age of the patient, symptoms experienced, activity level of the patient, and whether or not the symptoms are worsening.
However, one of the best methods to treat a herniated disc is a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy treatment (including spinal decompression (Vax-D)).
Don't suffer anymore, call The Back and Neck Institute today at (904) 269-2437 to schedule your consultation!