Herniated discs, also referred to as bulging discs, it is a back issue caused when the tissue located between the bones starts to bulge out. This is more than just a visual bulge—the tissue can also press on nerves, leading to severe amounts of pain, a feeling of weakness or shooting in the area, or a lack of total sensation in the area.
Those with herniated discs in Beavercreek, Ohio may not actually be aware of the issue, especially if they don’t have any pain and that occurs when the bulge does not put pressure on a nerve. Because herniated discs can cause pain to travel or refer, the pain is not always relegated to the spot of the herniation. A spinal expert is best qualified to analyze you’re your condition and make the appropriate referral for testing to diagnose your problem.
While the pain level can vary, most people dealing with herniated discs are in a very large amount of pain. It also most often feels like it’s in the calf, thigh, or buttocks, although patients have also reported pain, or even weakness, in the foot, shoulder, or arm (especially if the herniated disc is in the neck).
The causes of herniated discs in Beavercreek, Ohio vary widely. All ages have bee treated in our clinic for this condition.
As the body ages, the spinal discs begin to slowly lose the amount of water within them, making them more likely to rupture or tear. Even the most minor movement can cause damage. Most people don’t even realize they’ve damaged their backs until the pain sets in later.
Sometimes, lifting heavy objects improperly can result in a herniated disc. Traumas such as falls and twists may also contribute.
There are a few different factors that can increase a person’s chance of suffering from a herniated disc. Those who are overweight put more stress on the back, especially the lower back, and may more easily suffer from a number of issues.
This is also true of those who work in a job that is physically demanding, especially those who often lift, push, pull, or twist while working. Finally, some people are actually predisposed to the issue and have a family history of herniated discs and other back-related problems.
Diagnosing Herniated Discs
There are a number of different ways a doctor can diagnose herniated discs in Beavercreek, Ohio. CT scans and MRIs are both fairly common methods.
If we believe the patient may be suffering from additional nerve damage, we may also order an EMG or nerve study. This test studies the electrical impulses in the back and how they move. It can pinpoint exactly where the nerves have been damaged, which is a good indication of where the herniated disc is.
The most effective, least invasive and most pain free way to heal herniated discs is through a program of spinal decompression therapy, a protocol of treatments done at our office that can be combined with pain reduction techniques, and rehabilitation exercises. This therapy is a safe, effective, and painless way of recovering from a herniated disc. Even better, those who undergo spinal decompression therapy rarely have to have surgery.
Want to Learn More?
Are you experiencing pain that isn’t manageable and that you’re uncertain of the cause? You could be suffering from a herniated disc, or another low back problem. Visit our experienced team at Miami Valley Spine and Injury, so we can get you on your way back to your healthy, pain-free self.