Do You Have Signs of a Herniated Disc?
By Sara Butler
Herniated discs can happen to anyone, but some people are at a higher risk than others, especially when it comes to herniated discs in the lower back. Part of the mission of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic is to keep you updated on how to care for the health of your spine. One of those ways is by knowing the warning signs of a herniated disc and how to avoid them.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
In order to understand how to avoid a herniated disc, you must first understand what it is. To do that, imagine a donut. No, not eating one, but a jelly donut small enough to fit between the bones in your spine. These small donuts have a tough outer layer with the squishy jelly inside. If something happens to the outer layer, either suddenly from injury or slowly over time due to repeated stress, then it can crack. When it cracks, all that delicious jelly leaks out. Except, in this case, that jelly can wreak havoc by pushing on the sensitive tissues and nerves nearby, causing pain.
Some people have no symptoms of herniated discs, some have excessive pain, and still others have small symptoms that they don't quite connect with a herniated disc.
Subtle Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
There are a few signals your body may be sending to clue you in on the fact that something isn't right. You simply need to be paying attention to understand that it's a warning sign of a herniated disc that may get worse. These signals include:
- Pain in the arm or leg - A herniated disc is something that can happen anywhere along your spine and because of that, it can impact other parts of the body. You may have painful symptoms along a nerve pathway down your leg or your arm and across the trunk of your body.
- One side of your body is cold - Sometimes when the nerves become irritated, the symptoms that arise may not be what you expect such as a feeling of numbness, burning, or a strange sensation of coldness on one side of your body
- Foot pain - If a herniated disc is in the lower back, then it can impact the sciatic nerve that run downs your legs to your toes and can cause pain in the foot along with weakness in the leg.
If you're concerned about a herniated disc, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.