There are a variety of symptoms patients may experience when they suffer from disc herniation. However, the symptoms will vary depending on where the herniation occurs in your spine. So what are the symptoms of herniated discs? Here is a look depending on where they develop in your back.
- The cervical spine
There is less disc material in the cervical spine and also less force that’s applied to this portion of the spine. This is why herniated discs in this area of the spine is not as common as in the other parts. Most pressure is put on your cervical area when you hunch over. However, the lumber spine absorbs most of this pressure when you bend over or turn during physical activities.
There will be some nerve compression or impingement when a cervical disc is herniated. The nerves compressed will also dictate the symptoms. You will experience regionalised pain, muscle weakness in the upper arms or shoulder pain when there is compression at the C4 or C5. However, impingement at the C6 or C7 level may cause numbness in your fingers. You will also feel pain that radiates down your arm or weakened grip strength.
- The lumbar spine
The herniated disc that develops in this area is the most common. This is because it is located in the lower part of your body. So when there is herniated disc in the lumbar, specifically at the L4 or L5 level, you will experience nerve root impingement that radiates down your leg. So in this case, patients will feel weakness in the legs, pain that radiates during movement and inhibited gait.
- Treating herniated discs
If you experience back pain, leg weakness, shoulder pain or any other symptom associated with herniated disc then you need to see an experienced chiropractor…like Dr. Gigante at The Back Pain Center. In most cases, the problem can be dealt with without any surgery. However, it is always important to seek medical advice.
The common conservative treatments include:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Corticosteroid injections
Surgery should be the last option when conservative care fails. Although surgeries have high success rate, they should always come last.