If the issue is untreated, nerve damage can occur, resulting in lifelong difficulties performing every day activities. Therefore, it is important to see a specialist if you’re experiencing the signs of a herniated disc. Understanding what a herniated disc is and how it impacts your body can help you to have an informed discussion with your doctor.
Herniated Disc Explained
Your spine is made up of 26 vertebrae. Between each vertebrae is a rubbery disc that provides cushion, flexibility and shock absorption. Each disc is made of two parts - an inner ring and an outer ring. A disc that becomes damaged or wears down over time can become herniated. When this happens, the inner ring pushes through the outer ring. This can happen with different levels of severity. Some people can have a herniated disc and have no signs. For others, a herniated disc is extremely painful and can impact their ability to move and function normally. In these cases, it is important to see a medical professional who can diagnose and treat the herniated disc.
Some individuals have a herniated disc but have no symptoms. For many individuals having a herniated disc is painful and can have a number of symptoms including:
If you’re experiencing the signs of a herniated disc, you should see a physician who is equipped to diagnose and treat the issue. Book an appointment online or call 212-987-0100.