Herniated disc are is called protruding, bulging, ruptured, prolapsed, slipped, torn or degenerated discs. There are fine distinctions between these terms, but all really refer to a disc that is no longer in its normal condition and/or position. Herniated discs cause pain by impinging on (intruding upon, irritating, and pinching) and even injuring nerves in the spinal column.
- Relieve the pressure on your disc and muscles.
- Increase range of movement and flexibility.
- Reduce long term damage from disc injuries.
Spinal discs have a fairly tough outer layer with a soft interior to cushion against the shocks and strains experienced as you move and put various stresses on your spine. The discs are subject to injury, disease, and degeneration with use over time.
A herniated lumbar disc can send pain shooting down through your buttock and thigh into the back of your leg (sciatica). Bulging disc patients may have pain that travels into different parts of the body. Often they will demonstrate a limitation movement and they might lean to one side to relieve the pain.
- Intense pain local in low back or travels down arm / leg.
- Increased pain with sneezing or bending lowback.
- Loss of function and increase muscle tightness.
A cervical disc herniation causes pain in the shoulder, arm, and hand. Herniated discs can cause muscle weakness, make it hard to get up when you've been sitting or lying down, cause pain when you strain to do something, even when you cough or sneeze. They sometimes produce pain in the lower right side of the abdomen. Herniated discs can also affect nerves to the bladder and bowel, causing incontinence. This symptom signals the need for immediate, emergency attention.
There is broad acceptance among health care professionals and the public of the recommendation that the pain from herniated discs be initially treated conservatively. That is, as long as there are no signs (such as severe pain, numbness, or functional impairment from nerve involvement) of the need for more invasive treatment, two or three months of therapy would be the best choice before considering to spinal surgery or shots of analgesics (painkillers) in your back.
Our doctors or therapist will examine and question you carefully, take a complete history, and conduct appropriate diagnostic tests. He or she will focus on exactly what symptoms you've been suffering and determine which parts of your spine are the likely cause of your pain and loss of function.
We offer complimentary consultations so that you can discover natural solutions for your health.
Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your health or considering care for a herniated disc. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville and Port Credit Village in Mississauga.