Understanding the Symptoms of a Herniated Disk

spine healthA herniated disk is every bit as painful as it sounds. While these are most common in the lower back, the ailment can also rear its ugly head in your neck.

Understanding the symptoms of a herniated disk can go a long way in helping you get the treatment you need. While symptoms vary from one person to the next, the most common include:

·      Weakness: any muscles served by the affected nerves are likely to weaken, thus making it difficult to use that part of the body. It’s possible that the weakness could be so severe that you’re unable to walk or lift certain items.

·      Leg or arm pain: a herniated disk in the lower back almost always results in intense pain in your calf, thigh, and buttocks. A herniated disk in the neck typically leads to pain in the arm and shoulder.

·      Tingling: just the same as muscle weakness, any part of the body served by the affected nerves may tingle and go numb.

Note: not everyone with a herniated disk suffers from these symptoms.

If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms of a herniated disk, consult with your doctor about what to do next. After an X-ray, it’ll be clear as to what type of problem you have, as well as the extent of the injury.

With many years experience treating patients with a herniated disk, we’re available to answer your questions and help you understand your treatment options. Contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule a consultation.