The spinal discs provide a cushion between the vertebrae and help with spine stability. Each disc contains a tough outer layer and a soft interior, creating a durable and flexible spinal component. When the outer layer is torn and the core of the disc leaks outside the shell, this is called a herniated disc. Patients with herniated discs can suffer local and radiating pain, impacting their mobility and quality of life. Our team at Hanowell Spine Clinic in Covington, GA, can diagnose this condition and offer effective herniated disc treatment.
Symptoms of Herniated Discs
Many different factors can contribute to causing herniated disc pain. The outside layer of the disc, the annulus fibrous, contains nerves. If the outer layer tears, it can be painful. In conjunction with the torn outer layer, the interior nucleus pulposus can protrude outside the disc shell. This jelly-like substance contains proteins that can irritate and inflame nerves. Herniated discs can fragment and put pressure on the nerve roots near the disc space. The resulting symptoms can include:
- Localized neck or back pain (herniated discs are more likely to occur in the back than neck area)
- Back spasms
- Sciatica symptoms (pain, tingling and numbness through lower back, buttocks and legs)
- Radiating pain or weakness in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands
- Intermittent pain when coughing or sneezing
- Pain worsening from movement or standing for long periods
A herniated disc can occur due to degenerative factors that cause the spinal discs to become more brittle and prone to damage. Injury from strain or impact can also cause herniated discs.
Our team at Hanowell Spine Clinic can provide accurate diagnosis and herniated disc treatment at our clinic in Covington, GA. Herniated disc treatment includes reducing inflammation and pain with nerve blocks, epidural injections and other pain management options. If you suffer from back or neck pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive exam and evaluation for diagnosis and treatment.