The Causes and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc also referred to as a bulging disc, means there is a problem with one of the cushions (discs) between the vertebrae that makes your spine. The discs are small cushions that help prevent rubbing while you are bending, standing, walking and etc. A herniated disc or bulging disc means the inner part of the disc is being pushed through the exterior. This can cause irritation to the surrounding nerves, which results in significant pain, weakness, and numbness in your leg or arm. One of the most effective ways to deal with the pain and discomfort associated with a bulging disc is by visiting your chiropractor in Knoxville.
Cause of a Bulging Disc
One of the most common causes of a bulging disc is age. As you age, the discs gradually lose their elasticity and “gel” content, which makes them stiffer and more prone to injury or damage. Unfortunately, even minor trauma may increase the pressure of the disc center, which puts additional stress on the outer layer, resulting in pain. Along with age, other causes of a bulging disc may be due to:
- Sports activities
- Car accident or falls
- Improper lifting
- Repetitive movements
- Poor lifestyle habits, such as smoking
Herniated Disc Symptoms
The symptoms generally originate at the sight of the herniated disc and may travel along the nerves that are affected. The most common symptoms people experience are numbness and tingling in the part of your body that is served by the affected nerves. Muscles that are served by the affected nerves also tend to become weak, which may result in the inability to lift or hold items or it may cause you to stumble and fall. Some of the most common symptoms of a herniated disc may include:
- Tenderness in your spine
- Pain and numbness in your arms
- Pain and numbness in your legs
- Mild to extreme back pain
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in your back and neck
Some prevention methods may include regular exercise, which helps to strengthen your trunk muscles as well as support the spine, maintain a good posture, which helps to reduce the pressure on the discs and maintain a healthy weight. One of the most effective ways to reduce the pain, numbness, and discomfort associated with a herniated disc is with regular visits to your chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve the pressure on the nervous system as well as help your body release a natural anti-inflammatory substance that reduces the inflammation and alleviates your pain.
To learn more information about herniated discs or to schedule a consultation to determine if you have a bulging disc, contact West Knoxville Chiropractic by calling (865) 287-5904.