Between the vertebrae of your spine are soft discs. They allow your spine to twist and bend. They absorb shocks. But they can be damaged. If the soft center of a disc pushes through the disc wall, you have a herniated disc. This bulge can press against nerves in your spine.
A herniated disc can be caused by the normal wear and tear of aging. As you get older, your spinal discs become less flexible and more prone to cracks and tears. A herniated disc can also develop because of a traumatic injury. And, it can happen if you lift something heavy.
Symptoms depend on the severity of the herniation, and where it has happened in your spine. Most happen in the lumbar spine. This can cause pain, numbness, weakness and tingling. You may feel these in a buttock, leg or foot. A herniation in your cervical spine can cause problems in your neck, shoulders, arms and hands.
Chiropractic care can be a safe and effective way to manage a herniated disc. Your chiropractor can create a plan that is right for your needs.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.