A rubbery cushion rests between each vertebra of the spine. This disc has a soft jelly-like inside of a tougher exterior. These discs provide cushioning and reduce friction as the spine moves. A herniated disc is also sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc.
It is possible for the softer interior of the disc to push out of a tear in the outside of the disc, causing a herniation.
Spinal discs become damaged due to injury or age-related deterioration called disc degeneration.
When the outside of the disc is weakened or compromised, the inner section can break through and push out, irritating the many nerves found in the spine.
The lumbar spine, or lower back, is the part of the spine most commonly affected by herniated discs. The lumbar spine is particularly susceptible because it bears so much of the weight and impact of the body both in motion and at rest. Herniated discs are a common cause of sciatica.
A disc herniation can cause pain in the arms or legs.
If the herniation is in the lower spine, patients will experience intense pain through the lower back, buttocks, and legs.
If the herniated disc is found in the neck or upper spine the pain may radiate down the back and through the shoulders or arms.
Some patients may experience a shooting pain in the arm or leg when they cough, sneeze, or even laugh.
Some patients may experience numbness in the arms or legs as a result of a herniated disc putting pressure on the nerves leading to those body parts. The pressure on the nerves can also lead to muscle weakness, which can lead to mobility issues or trouble lifting the arms or holding anything.
Dr. Billauer offers effective treatments to relieve the pain and other symptoms caused by herniated discs as well as to heal and repair the discs themselves. Depending on the cause of the herniated disc, which could be subluxation and imbalance elsewhere in the spine, he will provide adjustments to allow the disc to return to its natural position and treat the condition that lead to the herniation.
Each patient receives fully customized care to address his or her specific needs. Not only does each patient have a unique situation, but treatments that work for one patient may or may not work for another. Dr. Billauer ensures that his patients receive the attention and care they need to live a healthy and active life.
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