Have you started to experience numbness or tingling in your arms or legs? Consistent heavy lifting, the natural aging process, and poor posture can impact the health of your spine. As time passes, our bodies produce less of important factors or substances, creating conditions that may cause pain, discomfort, or injury to bones. A herniated disc may occur in the neck or back as the discs that cushion and separate bones begin to lose the jelly-like substance they are filled with. Learn more during a consultation with the professionals at the office of Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. in Addison or Dallas, TX.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a disc between the vertebrae of the spine losing some of the substance that provides it with support and cushion. Also known as a ruptured disc or a slipped disc, these discs can no long provide vertebrae with adequate support or structure. This may cause irritation, discomfort, or pain as the vertebrae are not as separated or cushioned as they should be.
What Are Common Symptoms?
The symptoms associated with a herniated disc will depend on the location of the disc. As most of these disc issues occur in the spine, they are commonly associated with lower back pain as well as numbness or tingling in the buttocks, calves, or thighs. You may also experience pain in these areas.
However, herniated discs may also occur in the neck, impacting cervical discs. This may cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the arm or shoulder.
When living with a herniated disc, it may feel like some activities are difficult, such as lifting heavy items. You may experience overall muscle weakness. However, some people have herniated discs without experiencing any symptoms at all.
How Can It Be Treated?
Surgery is often only recommended in extreme cases.
Most common recommendations for this condition include avoiding activities that may irritate the area. Muscle relaxers or pain medications may be prescribed to help manage pain and discomfort. In some cases, spinal decompression may be recommended.
A consultation with our professionals in Texas can help diagnose your condition. They can provide you with insight the right treatment for your experiences and lifestyle.
Schedule Your Consultation!
Concerned you may be living with a herniated disc? Contact us today at the office of Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. and schedule your consultation to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Callewart and his team of professionals proudly serve Texas with locations in Addison and Dallas. We look forward to helping you better experience and manage your pain.