Herniated Disc Chiropractor in Pittsburgh, PA

Symptoms and Causes of Herniated Disc

You have a series of bones, called vertebrae, that start from the skull to the tailbone. Each vertebra has a protection cushion known as discs. The discs ensure that you can bend and move your bones with ease. A herniated disc occurs when the backbone (spine) gets injured.

The condition is also called ruptured, slipped, or bulging disk. It mainly results in the neck, leg, and back experiencing intense pain. The herniated disc can heal on its own, while in other cases, it may require the intervention of home care.

Even though this condition does not form part of most medical conversations, it happens more often than imagined. Researchers report that about 2% of people get herniated discs every year.

Who can get a herniated disc?

Anyone can get a herniated disc. However, individuals aged 30 to 50 have a higher susceptibility to the condition. Additionally, it occurs more often in men than women. Some of the risk factors include:

  • Smoking

  • Repetitively bending

  • Taking part in twisting motions for hobbies, sports, or work

  • Being overweight

  • Sitting for a long time

Herniated disc typically forms in the lower back, where it triggers sciatic nerve pain. You can feel the pain shooting up one of your side buttocks. It then proceeds to the legs before reaching the foot.

Symptoms of a herniated disc

Herniated disc symptoms vary based on the position where the condition occurs and the extent of its severity. You can experience low pain or one at all in situations where the herniated disc does not press any nerve.

However, if it presses a nerve, some of the symptoms that you could register include numbness, weakness, and pain in the affected area. The herniated disc is typically followed by repeated mild back pains or low back pains.

Signs and symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Weakness – The muscles that the affected nerves serve become weak. As a result, you will find it hard to hold items, lift items, or could even stumble

  • Tangling or numbness – The body part associated with the affected nerves experiences a radiating tingling or numbness

  • Arm or leg pain – You will feel pain in your lower back, thigh, calf, and in your buttocks. Furthermore, you could have pain in the foot

Remember that herniated discs can occur without symptoms. Some people may not know they have it up to the time it appears on a spinal image.

Seek medical attention under the following:

  • Worsening weakness, numbness, or pain until you cannot handle your daily duties

  • Progressively losing sensation

  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction

Causes of a herniated disc

The herniated disc starts as a slow process and gradually gets worse with age, a process called degeneration. That’s because age makes the disks less flexible and can easily tear or rupture. Something as simple as a twist or strain can get you into problems.

Most people that have herniated discs may not pinpoint the time when the issue started. Sometimes it is a result of lifting objects with back muscles or twisting and turning when lifting something heavy. Besides, rare occasions like a sudden fall can lead to this condition.

If you think you may have a herniated disc and you live in or near Pittsburgh, it’s time to call us.

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