What is a disc herniation? Simply stated, the outer part of the disc has been torn completely through the wall, allowing the inner material to escape. This can be a very serious condition with specific symptoms. However, many people get this condition confused with a bulging disc. A bulging disc is an entirely different physiological process and diagnosis, caused by degeneration. Typically, a disc herniation is caused by some type of trauma i.e. car accident, slip and fall, or a sports injury.
Disc Herniation Symptoms
- Muscle weakness
- This may cause you to stumble or impair your ability to lift and hold items.
- Numbness and tingling
- This will typically happen in your arms and legs and can travel to your toes and fingers.
- Pain with laughing, coughing and sneezing.
- Loss of bladder and bowel control. This is rare but can be associated with a more serious condition called Cauda Equina syndrome.
- Pain in the Neck, middle or lower back.
A particular study has shown that the highest prevalence of herniated lumbar discs are among people aged 30-50 years, with male to female ratio of 2:1. In people aged 25-55 years old, about 95% of herniated discs occur at the lower lumbar spine (L4/L5 and L5/S1). Disc herniation above this level is more common in people aged over 55 years. (1)
Evaluating treatment options is critical when deciding how to best fix the problem. If you have an injury to your spine, the first step is making sure that you are diagnosed effectively and efficiently.
At Creekside Chiropractic we follow an evidenced based approach. Your treatment is specific to you and your needs. We do not believe in a cookie cutter approach. We specifically analyze your particular posture, spinal curvature, and your needs. If you think you have a herniated disc, let’s talk, we can help.