PRC - Herniated Disc - Common Symptoms
Herniated Disc Pain Symptoms in the St Louis
While the lower back is the most common area for herniated disc injuries, it can happen anywhere along the vertebrae. The lower back, known as the lumbar spine, is made up of an intricate network of blood vessels and nerves. Any injury to this particular section of your back can place excessive pressure on the nerves and muscles around the spinal column, leading to pain. Pain due to a herniated disc, sometimes referred to as a slipped disc or ruptured disc, vary depending on the location of the injury.
A herniated disc can occur in the upper back and neck region (cervical), or in the lower back (lumbar).
Lumbar (lower back) herniated disc symptoms
- Dull or sharp pain in the lower back, intensified by movements or activities such as bending, coughing or sneezing.
- Muscle spasms or cramping in the lower back.
- Sciatica – which includes pain, burning, tingling, and numbness that extends from the buttocks into the leg or foot.
- Leg weakness or loss of leg function.
- Pain and stiffness in the neck.
- Shooting pain, burning, tingling, and numbness that extends down the arms.
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Cervical (neck) herniated disc symptoms
If the slipped disc is pushing on a nerve, you may experience pain, weakness or numbness in areas where that nerve travels. However, a herniated disc that is not pressing on a nerve can cause an ache in your lower back or, sometimes, it won’t lead to any pain symptoms at all. Asymptomatic herniated disc injuries can make the injury difficult to diagnose and catch. Furthermore, because herniated disc can happen due to gradual wear and tear, it can be hard isolate as the singular cause for your back pain. In addition, cases of herniated disc recurring is about 5%, making surgical treatment an option that some people consider. If you think you’re experience pain symptoms that may be a result of a disc herniation, consult your physician as soon as possible. Ignoring your back pain, especially when it is accompanied by numbness, can exacerbate and worsen your prognosis in the long run.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with herniated disc and are looking for additional back and lumbar supports to help you manage your pain, stop by any Relax The Back location in the St. Louis area. Our in-store back care product experts can give you recommendations on how to best manage your pain and point you towards products that can help you better deal with your herniated disc pain.
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