Herniated Disc

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When there is a problem with one or more of the rubbery cushions or discs between the individual bones of the spine, it is known as a Herniated Disc. The problem can be rectified without having to opt for surgery.

A spinal disc has a softer center within a tough exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disc usually occurs when some of the softer material pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior. This leads to irritation of the nearby nerves and results in pain, numbness and even weakness in an arm or leg.

The most common symptoms of herniated disc:

 

• Intense pain in the buttocks, thigh and calf. It may also involve part of the foot. If your herniated disc is in your neck, the pain will typically be most intense in the shoulder and arm.

 

• People with herniated disc feel numbness or tingling in the body part connected to the affected nerves.

• Muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken.

Disc herniation (or herniated disc) is the result of a gradual wear and tear called disc degeneration. As you age, the spinal discs lose their water content, which makes them less flexible. The discs become prone to rupturing with even a minor strain.

If you feel that the pain travels down your arm or leg, or if it's accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness then you should seek medical help from a specialized Joint Pain Management clinic without delay.

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