Are you experiencing sharp and intense pain in your legs, buttocks, and/or feet? Is it difficult to move your neck, arms, and shoulders, especially when you are shifting into a certain position?
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Do some muscles in your body feel weak and useless? All the symptoms outlined above are common signs of a condition known as a herniated disc.
Although it can be extremely debilitating, a herniated disc is not something you have to live with. There is no question that the condition can be painful and disruptive to your daily life, but fortunately, with the right treatment from one of the top qualified and experienced herniated disc doctors NJ has available, a herniated disc can be successfully treated. The best part is that you don’t always require a surgical solution for most herniated disc cases.
At The Pain, Spine and Sports Institute in New Jersey, we provide quality care and treatment for patients with a herniated disc, having successfully treated a number of them. Our talented staff, the unmatched qualification, experience, and passion of Dr. Rehan Ali, our state-of-the-art equipment and tools, our clean, hygienic and comfortable facility – are just some of the qualities that make us the best provider of herniated disc treatment in New Jersey.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a condition where the soft, jelly-like inner portion of the disc that cushions the vertebrae pushes or bulges out through a crack in the tougher, harder exterior known as the annulus. Sometimes, nearby nerves are affected by a herniated disc, which then causes severe pain in the part of the body that those nerves tend to.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
Our spinal cord is made up of bones which are stacked up on top of each other, known as the vertebrae. In between these bones, the spinal discs can be found, acting as shock absorbers for the vertebrae. As mentioned before, each of these discs has a soft, rubbery center known as the nucleus, which is then surrounded by a tougher outer layer known as the annulus. When there is a crack or tear in the annulus, a portion of the nucleus bulges out through the tear. If the herniated disc compresses a nearby nerve, then you are likely to experience symptoms.
A herniated disc is a very common condition across the globe, mostly affecting older people aged between 35 and 55 years old. This is because a herniated disc is usually a result of age-related degeneration in most cases.
What are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?
Most patients with a herniated disc do not experience any symptoms and go on with their lives without even realizing that they have a herniated disc. This is because nerves are not compressed, so they do not experience pain. However, in the case that a nearby nerve is compressed by the herniated disc, they will experience sharp, intense pain, and will require professional treatment.
Here are the most common symptoms of a herniated disc that you should watch out for:
- Usually, a herniated disc happens in the lower back, which means that pain is most often felt in your legs, buttocks, calf, and sometimes, even the feet. However, if the herniated disc occurs in your upper back like your neck, then you will feel pain in your shoulders and arms.
- Another common symptom is a feeling of numbness or tingling sensation in parts of the body served by the affected nerves.
- Those who suffer from a herniated disc may experience weakening of the muscles served by the compressed nerves. This may affect your ability to hold and lift objects.
In most cases, a herniated disc is caused as a result of aging. As we age, our discs tend to degenerate on their own as their water content decreases, compromising their flexibility and thus, making them more prone to rupturing even when a minor strain occurs. In very rare cases, a herniated disc may also be a result of a traumatic event such as an injury caused by an accident or excessive strain on the back muscles.
It has been shown that some people have a genetic predisposition toward herniated discs, making them more likely to develop the condition.
At The Pain, Spine and Sports Institute, Dr. Rehan Ali has had years of experience treating herniated disc patients with successful results. The great news is that like most patients, you probably won’t need surgical treatment. Surgery is only considered when the patients suffers from herniated discs which are also degenerated, causing immense, debilitating pain, affecting their daily life to a great extent.
Generally, you will be given an anti-inflammatory medication, and Dr. Ali will suggest not to put your body under heavy, physical strain. An epidural steroid injection may also be administered, and physical therapy is often recommended as well.
If you are showing any of these symptoms, make an appointment today with the best herniated disc doctor NJ has available for you!
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