A herniated disc occurs when one of the spinal disks ruptures and protrudes, exerting pressure on the nerves in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar region. This pressure can result in sensations of pain, numbness, burning, weakness, or tingling in the arms and legs.
Living with a herniated disc can be incredibly painful, making everyday activities such as vacuuming, gardening, or doing laundry feel daunting due to the discomfort it causes. If you are experiencing these symptoms or considering medication or surgery as a potential solution for your herniated disc, it’s important to know that these options are not your only choices.
Trained upper cervical chiropractors have a treatment option that is safe, natural, drug-free, and surgery-free called the Class IV Laser Therapy.
What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc, can occur in any segment of your spinal column, ranging from the neck down to the lower back. However, it’s more frequently encountered in the lower back region. Your spinal column comprises a complex network of nerves and blood vessels, and when a disc slips out of its normal position, it exerts added pressure on the surrounding nerves and muscles.
Common symptoms associated with a slipped disc encompass:
- Pain and numbness, typically experienced on one side of the body.
- Pain that radiates into your arms or legs.
- Pain exacerbated during nighttime or specific movements.
- Increased pain following prolonged periods of standing or sitting.
- Pain when walking short distances.
- Unexplained muscle weakness.
- Sensations of tingling, aching, or burning in the affected area.
The nature and intensity of these symptoms may vary from one individual to another. It is advisable to consult a medical professional if your discomfort leads to numbness or tingling that impairs your ability to control your muscles.