Herniated Discs

A herniated disc occurs when the cushions between the vertebrae rupture or slip out of place. The cushion squeezes through the cracks in the vertebrae and can cause pain in the nerves close in proximity. The condition ultimately leads to pain, weakness, or numbness within the leg or arm. This condition is dangerous because, in some cases, patients do not experience the symptoms at all which can lead to the situation getting worse.

Symptoms

Generally, the pain from a slipped disc occurs on one side of the patient’s body. A patient may experience pain when moving the neck, and pain can occur around the shoulder blade. If a slipped disc occurs near the neck, the pain can travel through the arm into the fingers, and a numbing feeling is felt at these locations. Pain and a feeling of numbness can also occur in the leg, buttocks, and hip as the location of the slipped disc gets lower in the spine. Herniated discs could also cause a weakness in your muscles in which, for example, it is difficult to lift specific limbs or squeeze your hands.

The pain can increase when the following activities are performed:

  • Walking
  • Bending Backwards
  • Laughing
  • Coughing/Sneezing
  • After sitting or standing

Causes

Disc herniation is usually the result of a progressive, age-related wear and tear on the spine known as disc degeneration. As a person ages, the discs in the spine start to lose a bit of their water content, which makes them somewhat less flexible and also more prone to rupturing or tearing with even the slightest twist or strain.

Most individuals have a hard time identifying the exact cause of their slipped disc. Many times, using the back muscles rather than the thigh and leg muscles to lift heavy items can often lead to a slipped disc, as well as turning or twisting while lifting. A traumatic event like a blow to the back or a fall may also cause a ruptured disc, although it’s quite rare.

Dr. V. K. Puppala serves many patients at his office in Carrollton, GA which is convenient to those living in Villa Rica, Newnan, Douglasville, Dallas, Lithia Springs, Fairburn, Powder Springs, Austell, Peachtree City and Fayetteville. He treats all his patients with great compassion, empathy, and respect and is genuinely interested in their overall well-being. Dr. Puppala takes a helpful approach by using a variety of minimally invasive interventional techniques with proper medication management and functional restoration. Call 800-976-8150 to set up an appointment.