Pain in your back or neck, sharp shooting pain in your arms or legs, and numbness and tingling in your limbs can all be signs of a herniated disc. Since herniated discs can happen suddenly or without warning, it’s best to be evaluated by Gregory Stayberg, D.C., if you experience symptoms. Dr. Stayberg offers comprehensive and thorough treatment for herniated discs at three locations in Culver City, Santa Monica, and Marina del Rey, California, for your convenience. To schedule a visit, call or book online today.
The intervertebral discs are soft structures located between each of your vertebrae. These discs provide cushioning as you move and bend your spine. Each of these discs contains a soft center covered by a tougher exterior.
A herniated disc develops when the soft center bulges through the tough exterior part of the disc. Herniated discs are most common in the neck and lower back; however, they can develop anywhere throughout the spine.
In some cases, a herniated disc may not cause any symptoms. However, if the disc is pressing on nerves near your spine, you may notice:
These symptoms may be constant, or they may come and go. Certain positions and activities can also make your symptoms worse, like sleeping on your stomach, sitting for long periods of time, and bending movements.
What are common causes of a herniated disc?
In most cases, herniated discs develop because of the natural wear-and-tear that occurs in the spine as you age. Over time, the discs lose some of their water content, making them less flexible and more vulnerable to injury. This is known as “disc degeneration.”
If you have a herniated disc, it may occur without a clear cause. However, some patients remember a traumatic event, such as lifting a heavy object, that occurred shortly before their symptoms began.
Dr. Stayberg may suspect that you have a herniated disc based on your symptoms. However, to confirm the presence of a herniated disc, he performs a thorough exam and may order an X-ray or MRI to confirm your diagnosis.
The goal of chiropractic care is to reduce the symptoms associated with your herniated disc and to stabilize your back so the problem won’t get any worse. Some of the techniques used to treat a herniated disc include:
Each of these treatments offers different advantages. Dr. Stayberg designs a customized treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and goals to help you get out of pain and return to normal as quickly as possible.
To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Stayberg or request a visit online now.