What You Should Know About the Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc

If you have a herniated disc, you already know that the associated pain can stop you in your tracks. At Ani Medical Center, we specialize in herniated disc care and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the pain it causes and what you can do to alleviate it. Read on to learn more.

What is a herniated disc?

Each of the bones that make up your spinal cord is stacked on top of one another and are separated by rubbery, water-filled discs. Each disc has a soft center and a firm outer ring. When the nucleus pushes into that outer ring, it is considered herniated or ruptured.

What causes a herniated disc?

A herniated disc can happen to anyone at any time, but you’re at higher risk if you:

It’s also important to note that normal wear-and-tear as you get older is a common culprit. 

What should I know about herniated disc pain?

Discs typically herniate in your upper neck or lower back. In both cases, the pain can be quite severe and send shooting pains into your arms, legs, and fingers. Many times, the pain will wake you up at night or prevent you from falling asleep at all. You may also notice that your pain worsens when you sneeze, cough, or have a bowel movement.

Our team understands that the pain can immobilize you and works swiftly to get you out of pain and back to the activities you enjoy.

What are the other symptoms of a herniated disc?

In addition to nagging pain, a herniated disc can also cause:

Talk to Dr. Ani about the exact location and nature of your symptoms so he can customize a treatment plan to resolve them all.

How is a herniated disc treated? 

With that custom treatment plan in hand, Dr. Muschik may include any of the following in your recovery:

You don’t have to suffer from herniated disc pain. There’s help and hope at Ani Medical Center. Call our office or request an appointment online.

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