Herniated Disc Symptoms

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Herniated Disc Symptoms

Herniated Disc Symptoms

Symptoms from a herniated disc, bulging disc or degenerative disc disease can often be quite similar. This fact makes it imperative for anyone experiencing these symptoms to contact a chiropractor for a professional evaluation of the problem. Self-diagnosis and treatment are often counter-productive, because the treatment will likely be ineffective if the incorrect problem is diagnosed.

A spinal disc is basically a cushion between the bones of the vertebra that form the spinal column. The disc has a relatively hard cartilage ring that surrounds a jelly-like cushioning substance in its center. The basic function of the vertebra and discs is skeletal support, and protection of the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the pathway for messages from the brain to various parts of the body. These messages are further transported by way of several nerves that extend from the spinal cord.

When a disc is damaged, a nerve can be compressed between the bones of the vertebrae, and pain, somewhere along the nerve ending, is the likely result. Normally, the pain is felt somewhere other than the compression point. For example - a person´s hip could be inflicted with pain, even though there is no direct damage to the hip, other than the nerve ending compression at the spinal column. This kind of pain can result from a bulging or herniated disc.

A bulging disc is a disc with a weakened outer wall that allows the inside jelly-like substance to bulge the wall. If the disc bulges enough, it can press against the nerve, and cause pain. A herniated disc is one where the inside jelly-like substance has pressed through the weakened outer wall of the disc, allowing the bones of the corresponding vertebra to compress the nerve between them. In the lower back, this can result in pain like hip discomfort or sciatica, where the sciatic nerve that runs down the length of the leg becomes inflamed enough to cause pain that´s sometimes debilitating in its severity.

In the neck and upper back, pain and/or numbness can be felt in the head, neck, chest, ribcage and arms, depending on the severity of the disc problem.  In extreme cases, the functionality of organs, like the heart and lungs, can be compromised.

Needless to say, herniated disc symptoms should never be ignored. Dr. Amidror of Spinous offers chiropractic and spinal decompression therapy, including treatments for a herniated disc symptoms. Conveniently located in New Rochelle, Spinous serves clients in Westchester County, Fairfield and the Bronx.

Nerve pain can also result from problems with the bony structures opposite the vertebra in the spinal column. This is just one more reason to get any spinal problem checked-out promptly by a qualified chiropractor. If the amateur diagnosis is incorrect, the real problem is likely to get worse while the incorrect treatment method is being self-administered. It´s essential that herniated disc symptoms, or any painful back symptoms, are treated quickly and professionally.

Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the United States. According to the American Chiropractic Association, up to eighty percent of the country´s population will likely experience some type of back problem that will result in moderate to severe pain. The good news is, today´s skilled chiropractors have more options than ever to treat back problems. For anyone with herniated disc symptoms, reach out to a chiropractor at the onset of pain. Prompt attention to any back problem will lesson work absences, and improve a person´s overall quality of life.
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