A slipped disc in your spine can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in many places on your body. At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, with offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York, the team of pain management experts can treat your pain and other symptoms resulting from a herniated disc. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Between each of your spine’s vertebrae are discs, pads that cushion the impact of activities like running and jumping. These discs contain a soft inside surrounded by a harder outside. When you have a herniated disc, or “slipped disc,” there’s a tear in the outside of the disc, and the softer inside pushes out.
Herniated discs often come on gradually through a combination of age and overuse. As you get older, your discs become less flexible and more prone to injury. You may also herniate a disc by lifting objects improperly or by working a physically demanding job that requires lots of repetitive movements.
Herniated discs are a common cause of neck pain. However, your symptoms may affect body parts outside of the spinal region, so you may not realize you have a spinal injury. Symptoms of herniated discs may include:
You may feel pain in your arm or leg depending on the location of the slipped disc. If your slipped disc is in your lower back, the pain will likely be in your buttocks, thigh, or calf, and may even reach your foot. If the slipped disc is in your neck, you’ll likely experience arm and shoulder pain.
You may experience numbness, a tingling sensation, or weakness in the areas reached by the affected nerves. Depending on where you experience these symptoms, you may have difficulty picking up and holding onto objects or keeping your balance when you walk.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, schedule an appointment at Metro Pain and Vein Centers. However, you should know that herniated discs themselves do not cause symptoms. If a herniated disc doesn’t make contact with surrounding nerves, you may not find out about the problem. In cases like this, they will likely only be detected when an imaging test is conducted for an unrelated reason.
When you visit Metro Pain and Vein Centers for a slipped disc, your doctor will conduct a physical exam. This exam will include checking your back for areas of tenderness and asking you to perform certain movements to test your range of motion.
Your doctor may also conduct a neurological exam to evaluate your reflexes, muscle strength, walking ability, and ability to feel light touches or vibrations. Your doctor may also conduct an imaging test, such as an X-ray or MRI.
Many slipped discs heal with conservative treatments, such as avoiding painful positions and performing certain exercises to build your strength and restore your range of motion. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to relieve pain.
To get treatment for your slipped disc, book an appointment with Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.