A herniated disc in your back can be very painful. The term refers to the discs between the vertebrae. These discs are referred to as nucleus pulposus. They cushion the spinal column from the day to day movements that occur in the back. The cushion sometimes gets damaged and protrudes outwards causing a herniation. This herniation can come into contact with the nerves the come out of the spinal column causing localized pain and pain along the course of the nerve root.
Common causes include lifting heavy things or constantly sitting and getting up. Aging is also known to be a factor with herniated discs. Most common herniated discs affect the lumbar spine, or lower back, although it can also occur in the neck or upper back, which is much more rare. Symptoms include pain, weakness in the injured area, and numbness.
Conservative treatment for a disc hernation can be difficult. Heat, anti-inflammatory medication, compression wearing a back brace to increase support and reduce range of motion are all types of conservative treatment. Exercise and physical therapy can help both from a preventative standpoint to treating the condition. If the patient is obese, weight control also reduces the risk and degree of pain.
Surgery for a herniated disc involves removing that portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerve(s). This procedure is sometimes referred to as a discectomy. X-rays, MRI and CAT scans are all used for diagnosis of this painful condition and the appropriate treatment is made based on some of these tests. Consult with your treating doctor for the best course of treatment.
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