Herniated disc is a painful condition that can happen to anyone, although it’s most prevalent among adults 50 years and older. Patients with disc herniation need the attention of a pain management doctor to relieve the symptoms and treat the underlying cause. A herniated disc is a condition stemming from an issue with the soft cushions separating the individual bones throughout the spine. The outer rings of the disc become weak or tear, allowing the inner discs to slip out of position and can cause pressure on surrounding structures.
Three Herniated Disk Symptoms
A disc herniation occurs when there is a problem with one or more of the discs cushioning individual vertebrae (bones) within the spine. Pain and limited mobility are the primary symptoms of a herniated disc, but other indicators exist. Here are the top three signs of disc herniation.
1. Pain in Affected Areas
Patients with herniated discs experience pain in different areas of the body. This pain may be limited to just one side of the body or may extend to both sides. The pain can extend into the extremities, meaning the arms and legs and it may worsen with specific movements. These movements may include those associated with standing, sitting, or walking short distances.
The affected area of the spine determines where the pain is felt. Lower back disc herniation can cause pain in the buttocks, thighs, and calves, while a herniated disc in the neck can cause distress in the arms and shoulders.
2. Unexpected Muscle Weakness
Unexplained muscle weakness is another prevalent symptom of a herniated disc. When the disc bulges or slips out of position, it puts excess pressure on surrounding nerves, due to this pressure, the muscles relying on the affected nerves can weaken.
Stumbling when walking can be a sign of disc herniation. The pain caused by the disc herniation can also hinder movements and make it harder to lift objects or participate in physical activity.
3. Numbness and Tingling Sensation
Numbness often occurs in the areas served by the stressed nerves. Herniation disturbs nerve signaling and normal functioning and can result in poor nutrient supply.
Tingling, burning, and aching sensations are typical among disc hernia patients. The symptoms appear early and can quickly progress into severe pain. Patients may also feel the sensations of tingling, burning and aching after walking or when in certain postures.
If these symptoms are something you are dealing with contact a pain management specialist at St Louis Pain Consultants today for relief from your pain.