What is a disc herniation?

So you have been diagnosed with a disc herniation, right? Exactly what does that mean? First some anatomy…the 24 vertebrae of your spine are separated from one another by pads of cartilage called discs. These discs have a fairly tough outer layer with a soft interior to cushion against the shocks and strains experienced as you move and put various stresses on your spine.

The discs are subject to injury, disease, and degeneration with use over time. Poor posture, certain activities and types of work increase the risk of discs being damaged or deteriorating. When the soft interior material of a disc pushes out through a tear or weakening in the outer covering, the disc is said to be herniated.

A disc herniation can also be called protruding, ruptured, prolapsed or slipped. There are fine distinctions between these terms, but all really refer to a disc that is no longer in its normal condition and/or position. A disc herniation may cause pain by pinching the spinal cord or spinal nerves.

What are some of the typical symptoms of herniated discs?

Most disc herniations takes place in the lower back (lumbar spine). The second most common site of herniation is the neck (cervical spine). A herniated lumbar disc may cause pain, numbness or weakness into the lower extremity. Cervical disc herniation may cause pain/tingling/numbness in the shoulder, arm, and hand. Herniated discs can make it hard to get up when you’ve been sitting or lying down or cause pain when you strain to do something, even when you cough or sneeze.

What are my treatment options?

Depending on the nature of the problem and severity of the case, the doctors at Lake Mary Chiropractic Center will evaluate your exam and diagnostic findings to determine the most appropriate type of treatment for your condition. Spinal Decompression Therapy and/or chiropractic adjustments are both viable treatment options and can safely reduce stress on the disc. This allows the damaged or displaced disc a chance to heal.

If you are suffering from a herniated disc or similar problem, call our Lake Mary office today to see how we can help you. We proudly serve the Lake Mary, Sanford, Longwood, and Metro Orlando areas.

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