Herniated Disc

Herniated disc is a medical condition affecting the spine due to trauma, in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portionto to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings. Herniated disk can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Most people who have a herniated disk don't need surgery to correct the problem.

Symptoms

  • Tingling ("pins-and-needles" sensation) or numbness in one leg that can begin in the buttock or behind the knee and extend to the thigh, ankle, or foot.
  • Weakness in certain muscles in one or both legs.
  • With herniation in the lower (lumbar) back, sciatica may develop. Sciatica is pain that travels through the buttock and down a leg to the ankle or foot because of pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • With herniation in the upper part of the lumbar spine, near the ends of the lowest ribs, you may have pain in the front of the thigh.
  • With herniation in the neck (cervical spine), you may have pain or numbness in the shoulders, arms, or chest.

Treatment

Chiropractic adjustment can target the specific segment where the disc is herniated and create more space for the disc to heal. This form of treatment has proven to be very successful in alleviating pain from a herniated disc or irritation of the sciatic nerve.

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