Individual bones in your back are separated by spinal discs to make up vertebrae, which makes up your spine. The spinal discs are made of a jelly-like interior fluid protected by a tough exterior. The discs are thought of as a cushion because of their softness. This cushion allows the spinal column to absorb shock and pressure.
Unfortunately, these discs can become inflamed and put pressure on nerves around the spinal cord, which is what we call a slipped, or bulging, disc. These bulging discs can cause excruciating pain and discomfort in your back and can even burst to create a herniation. It can cause intense pain when a disc bursts, but it is possible to not be aware of a herniated disc. The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Back pain
- Pain in the rear
- Arm or leg pain
- Numbness or tingling
Unless you have a major injury, most people find it hard for the exact reason of a herniated disc. A few common causes are degenerating disc disease, improper use of muscles, traumatic impact, and repetitive movement.
Improper care of the back can lead to agonizing pain at some point in your life, and possibly a herniated disc. Our highly-trained doctors’ at Unity Physician Services recommend you always be mindful of your posture, exercise the back regularly, ice back injuries, and rest the back if it becomes sore. But if you are experiencing constant back pain, or are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, set up an appointment with us so we can find the right treatment for you.