Widely referred to as “slipped disc”, a herniated disk (according to the Mayo Clinic) refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves, resulting in pain, weakness or numbness in an arm or leg.
While you can have a herniated disc and not even know it, there are a few common signs and symptoms:
- Arm and/or leg pain
- Numbness and tingling
Typically, symptoms are experienced only on one side of the body. If the herniation is very large and presses on the spinal cord or the cauda equina in the lumbar region, both sides of the body may be affected, often with serious consequences. Compression of the cauda equina can cause permanent nerve damage or paralysis. The nerve damage can result in loss of bowel and bladder control as well as sexual dysfunction. This disorder is called cauda equina syndrome. If you yourself have this type of deformation in the spine, and it wasn’t caught earlier due to a failure in diagnoses, then you may want to get in touch with cauda equina solicitors to see if they can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Disc herniation can result from general wear and tear; however, herniated discs often result from jobs that require lifting or constant sitting and squatting. Minor back pain and chronic back tiredness are indicators of general wear and tear that make one susceptible to herniation on the occurrence of a traumatic event.
Spinal disc herniation can occur in different locations:
- Cervical – These most often occur in the neck and symptoms can affect the back of the skull, the neck, shoulder girdle, scapula, shoulder, arm, and hand.
- Lumbar – These occur in the lower back and Symptoms can affect the lower back, buttocks, thigh, anal/genital region and may radiate into the foot and/or toe. The sciatic nerve is the most commonly affected nerve.
You can prevent herniated disc pain with exercise, good posture and regular chiropractor treatments. Do you have a herniated disc?