Causes and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc, which is also sometimes referred to as a slipped disc
or a ruptured disc, occurs when the soft center of the disc pushes out
through a tear in its tough exterior. This type of injury can irritate
the nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in an arm or leg.
However, not everyone experiences symptoms and most do not require surgery
to correct the effects of this injury.
Causes of Herniated Discs
A herniated disc can be caused by a number of things, including age-related
wear and tear, lifting large and heavy objects, or even falling. Here
are some of the most common risk factors:
Weight: Individuals with excess body weight are at a higher risk for a herniated
disc. The weight puts extra stress on the discs in the lower back.
Occupation: Individuals who have physically demanding jobs that involve repetitive
lifting, pulling, pushing, bending sideways, and twisting can sustain
a herniated disc and develop painful back problems.
Genetics: In some cases, individuals might be predisposed to developing this condition.
Although not everyone develops symptoms that are commonly associated with
a herniated disc, many more do. Here are some of the most frequently experienced
signs and symptoms:
Arm and/or leg pain: Depending on where your herniated disc originates, this will dictate which
areas of the body are likely to be affected. If your herniated disc is
in your lower back, you will probably experience pain in your buttocks,
thigh, calf, and even parts of the foot. If your herniated disc is in
your neck, the pain will shoot into the shoulder and arm.
Numbness and tingling: Another common sign of a herniated disc is numbness or tingling in the
body part connected to the affected nerves.
Weakness: The muscles that are served by the affected nerves will likely weaken,
causing you to stumble, and possibly impacting your ability to lift or
In more serious cases, conditions can worsen, causing some of the following
symptoms, which require emergency medical attention:
- Bladder or bowel problems that cause incontinence
- Saddle anesthesia, which affects sensation in the inner thighs, back of
legs, and area around the rectum
- Worsening symptoms that increase discomfort to a point that prevents you
from performing daily activities
Personalized Herniated Disc Treatments
If you are suffering pain or numbness in your neck, lower back, arm, or
leg, you might be experiencing a herniated disc. At QualCare Rehabilitation,
our Houston doctors can make an adequate diagnosis of your pain and use
safe, non-surgical procedures to alleviate the excruciating pain you are
experiencing from your herniated disc. Let us guide you through a personalized
treatment plan that helps make a successful recovery possible.
Contact us for more information at (713) 588-0042 or visit us today. We
welcome walk-in and would be happy to discuss your situation at length
in a case evaluation.