What does it feel like to have a herniated disc?
If you have a herniated lumbar disc, you may feel pain that radiates from your low back area, down one or both legs, and sometimes into your feet (called sciatica). You may feel a pain like an electric shock that is severe whether you stand, walk, or sit.
A herniated cervical disk is one of the most common causes of neck pain. If the disk is pressing on a nerve root, other symptoms can include: Numbness or tingling in a shoulder or arm that may go down to your fingers. Weakness in a hand or arm.
- Disc herniation can occur in any disc in the spine, but the two most common forms are lumbar disc herniation and cervical disc herniation. The former is the most common, causing low back pain (lumbago) and often leg pain as well, in which case it is commonly referred to as sciatica.
- When headaches are believed to be caused by neck pain, they are known as cervicogenic. This is especially the case with patients whose herniated discs are located at the C1-C3 spaces. In the end, it may come down to herniated disc pain as a stressor and a trigger of migraine headaches.
- Treatment. Treatment for disc herniations can vary. Epidural steroid injections are a fluoroscopically guided injection that can significantly improve the symptoms of herniated disc and may allow your body to heal itself with much less or sometimes no pain. Usually a herniated disc will heal on its own over time.
A herniated disc in the neck occurs when a disc is damaged due to pressure from surrounding vertebrae in the cervical spine (neck). The symptoms of a herniated disc only occur when the damaged disc presses on a nearby nerve root, causing pain and numbness to radiate from the neck and into the shoulder and arms.
- There are 23 total discs in the entire spinal column, and 6 of them are in the cervical spine. Each cervical disc rests between the cervical vertebrae, acts as a shock absorber in the cervical spine, and enables the neck to handle various stresses and loads.
- If you have a herniated cervical disc, you may feel pain that radiates down your arm and possibly into your hand. You may also feel pain on or near your shoulder blade, and neck pain when turning your head or bending your neck. Sometimes you may have muscle spasms (meaning the muscles tighten uncontrollably).
- Causes of cervical herniated discs. A herniated disc is caused by severe compression in the spine, usually due to general wear and tear or injury. Usually, a herniated disc will either occur in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back) due to the natural degeneration of the spine over time.
Even if you only have lower back pain, your chiropractor will examine your neck, too, for example. To treat a herniated disc, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that may include spinal manipulation—also known as adjustments—and other chiropractic techniques to help ease your herniated disc symptoms.
- Although spinal manipulation can relieve certain types of back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal symptoms, there is no scientific evidence that it can restore or maintain health. If you are contemplating or receiving chiropractic care, it might help protect both your pocketbook and your health.
- The first is the McKenzie exercise activity prescribed based on patient presentation and assessment. The goal of McKenzie therapy is to centralize the pain, or move the pain from the leg into the low back, as low back pain is generally better tolerated than leg pain.
- A herniated cervical disk is one of the most common causes of neck pain. If the disk is pressing on a nerve root, other symptoms can include: Numbness or tingling in a shoulder or arm that may go down to your fingers. Weakness in a hand or arm.
Updated: 16th October 2019