Herniated discs can impact your ability to perform daily tasks and affect your quality of life. Discs are located between the bones of your spine and act as shock absorbers. They are composed of a soft, gel-like center (nucleus) and a tougher, rubbery exterior. A herniated disc occurs when a tear or break allows some of the nucleus to leak out. It can occur in any part of the spine and can irritate a nearby nerve.
Symptoms of a herniated or bulging disc include:
- Neck or lower back pain, from mild to severe
- Radiating or shooting pain in the arms, legs or buttocks. A slipped disc in the lower back can press on the sciatic nerve and cause pain that can radiate down one leg and into the foot.
- Numbness or tingling
- Weakness or spasms
Herniated discs can be caused by aging and normal wear and tear. As you age, your discs become less flexible and more likely to tear or rupture. Lifting heavy objects with your back muscles, instead of leg muscles, can also cause a herniated disc, as well as an accident or fall.
Because this condition can greatly impact your daily life, our team at Charleston Pain Relief Center wants to ensure you get proper treatment for a herniated disc. We will perform tests to determine the cause of the herniated disc and provide effective, long-term treatment options.
Herniated or bulging discs are often successfully treated without surgery. Treatment options include spinal decompression, chiropractic care or injections. Dr. Tharnish and our team at Charleston Pain Relief Center will work with you to determine a comprehensive plan that will relieve your herniated disc pain and discomfort.