A herniated disc is a spinal condition that occurs when the inner part of a spinal disc pushes its way through, which can result in pain and irritation. This spinal problem does not always cause symptoms, but it can be treated with nonsurgical methods or surgical procedures if it does interfere with daily activities or causes severe pain.
A herniated disc can occur without causing any noticeable symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they typically include pain in the leg for a herniated disc in the lower back or pain in the arm for a herniated disc in the upper back. This pain can become worse with sudden movements, such as sneezing. Other symptoms that can occur with a herniated disc include tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness.
In many cases, a herniated disc develops due to the aging process, which is when spinal discs begin losing flexibility. This process causes wear and tear on spinal discs, leaving them more vulnerable to becoming herniated. Improper lifting, certain twists and other movements, and trauma are all possible causes of a herniated disc. Those with risk factors for it, such as being overweight, having a job that requires heavy or repetitive lifting, or having a genetic abnormality, have a higher chance of developing a herniated disc.
Treatment for a herniated disc usually starts with self-care, such as taking over-the-counter pain medications, avoiding activities or positions that make pain worse, and doing certain exercises. Prescription medications, such as pain relievers or cortisone injections, are other forms of treatment that are available if self-care measures are ineffective. Physical therapy can help reduce pain associated with a herniated disc, while surgery is sometimes needed for severe cases or cases that do not respond to other forms of treatment.
Chiropractic care, such as spinal manipulation, can help relieve pressure on the affected spinal disc, which helps reduce pain. Spinal manipulation also helps promote healing in the injured disc, which helps lower the risk of experiencing symptoms again.
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