When you have chronic back pain, it may be more than merely stiff muscles: 60-80% of people experience back pain at some point, and herniated discs cause much of that pain. At Cornerstone Integrated Healthcare, Dr. Jeffre Price and his team determine the cause of your herniated disc and develop a treatment plan to improve them. If you live in or near North Port, Florida, and back pain is interfering with your life, call the integrative specialists today to schedule your appointment. You can even book it online.
When you have a bulging disc, the jelly disc that cushions your vertebra slips from its position between the vertebrae and bulges around the edges. That can irritate spinal nerves, causing inflammation and pain.
When a disc herniates, the outer layer of the disc has ruptured and allowed the interior material to spill out and leak fluid. Like bulging discs, herniated discs also cause irritation and inflammation of your nerves.
A herniated disc occurs when the disc, a jelly-like substance between two spinal vertebrae, gets a small tear and the interior of the disc pushes out. When this happens, the discs collapse and, in many cases, a protrusion of the disc puts pressure on your nerves, causing inflammation that leads to pain and other symptoms.
Although a variety of issues can cause this herniation, it’s often the result of a combination of the disc drying out and degradation caused by aging. Lifestyle issues, including poor posture and repetitive movements, can make a herniated disc more likely.
When you have a herniated disc, you may experience a range of symptoms. They can include pain in your back, shoulders, hips, or legs, as well as:
In some cases of herniated discs, you may have difficulty controlling urination and bowel movements.
The severity and location of your herniated disc determine how Dr. Price's team treats it. After completing a thorough physical exam, they test your reflexes, muscle strength, and nerve sensations.
This information helps them know what’s causing your back pain. If it’s a herniated disc, Dr. Price's team develops a customized care plan that may include spinal manipulation or stem cell therapy.
If you think you may have a herniated disc, contact the physician who can fix the problem, not just treat your symptoms. Call the office to schedule with Dr. Price and his team, or book your appointment online.