What Is A Herniated Disc?

What Is A Herniated Disc?

dreamstime_xxl_30721851It’s possible that you’ve had entire conversations regarding herniated discs without even knowing it. Disc herniations are referred to by many names, including a slipped disc, a ruptured intervertebral disc, etc. Regardless what you call it, a herniated disc can cause a lot of pain. Your spinal cord is made up of bones called vertebrae, and each vertebra is cushioned from the next by a disc. The discs in your spinal column absorb the daily impacts from activities such as walking and twisting your body. If put under too much pressure or otherwise compromised, the soft, gelatinous part in the center of the disc can protrude out of the hard outer layer.

The most common location for a herniated disc is the lower back, also called the lumbar spine. Symptoms vary from person to person, but a typical herniated disc will cause pain and numbness (commonly centralized to one side of the body), unexplainable muscle weakness, and a tingling, aching, or burning sensation. Pain caused by disc herniations can extend out to your arms and/or legs, worsen at night or after standing or sitting, or even worsen after walking only briefly. Some patients report feeling no pain at all. Many sufferers of disc herniations limit or even cease their physical activity. If possible, you should try to remain active while seeking treatment for your herniated disc in order to prevent stiff joints and stiff muscles.   

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