A herniated disc can cause a variety of symptoms, from dull aches to severe nerve pain. At Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center, Nicolas Maxymiv, DO, provides the most advanced pain management treatments available for disc herniation. Don’t wait to seek relief from your herniated disc — call the offices in Midlothian, Virginia, or Richmond, Virginia, or book an appointment online today.
The 24 vertebrae that form your spine are separated by rubbery discs that cushion the bones, act as shock absorbers, and add to your spine’s flexibility.
When one of these discs becomes damaged, it can break open or bulge. This is known as a herniated, ruptured, or slipped disc.
You can have a disc herniation anywhere in your spine, but they’re most common in your lower back and neck.
Disc herniations have a variety of causes, but they typically stem from aging or injury. As you grow older, your discs start to lose their flexibility and wear out, leaving them more susceptible to damage.
You can also injure your discs by performing physical movements like twisting and bending. As you move, the tough outer layer of your disc can crack, allowing its softer center to leak out.
In some cases, a disc herniation causes few, or only mild, symptoms. When your herniated disc applies pressure to surrounding nerve roots, however, a variety of uncomfortable symptoms can arise, including weakness, pain, and numbness along the affected nerve.
Your herniated disc symptoms vary depending on the area of your spine that’s involved. A disc herniation in your neck often causes weakness, pain, and numbness in your shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. In your lower spine, disc herniation pain often radiates down your leg into your foot.
When you have a disc herniation, actions like sneezing or coughing usually increase your pain, no matter which area of your back is affected. It can also lead to other conditions like spinal stenosis.
Your disc herniation treatment depends on the location and severity of your condition. Herniated disc therapies typically include:
If your disc herniation doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove a portion or all of the damaged disc.
For innovative pain management solutions for your herniated disc, call Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center or book an appointment online.