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Herniated Discs – What are the Symptoms?
Monday, December 11, 2017

A herniated (or slipped disk) disk is a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that make up your spine.

Each disk has a soft center with a tough exterior. A herniated disk occurs when the center pushes out through a tear in the exterior. Although it can irritate nearby nerves and cause pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. Most people who have a herniated disk don't need surgery to correct the problem.

Most herniated disks occur in your lower back, but they can also occur in your neck. Here are some of the most common signs of a herniated disk:

·        Arm or leg pain. If your herniated disk is in your lower back, you'll typically feel the most intense pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf. It may also involve part of the foot. If your herniated disk is in your neck, the pain will typically be most intense in the shoulder and arm. This pain may shoot into your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move your spine into certain positions.


·        Numbness or tingling. People who have a herniated disk often experience numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves.


·        Weakness. Muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken. This may cause you to stumble, or impair your ability to lift or hold items.

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is vital to contact us immediately to prevent further complications.





 
 
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