Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

Pain in your back or legs could be signs of a herniated disc. Dr. Wade Taylor and Dr. Shannon McKinney of Accelerated Medical can find the source of your lower back pain and offer helpful treatments in Elko, NV.

What are herniated discs?

Oval discs located between each of the vertebrae in your spine cushion your back and act as natural shock absorbers. When the soft inner core of the disc begins to ooze through the tough outer layer, a herniation occurs. Herniated discs can press on the nerves in your back causing pain in your back, neck, or limbs depending on the location of the disc.

You may be more likely to develop a herniated disc if you lift an object that's too heavy for you, are obese or overweight, smoke, or don't get enough exercise. Jobs that require lifting, pulling, pushing, and twisting can also increase your risk.

What are the symptoms of herniated discs?

If you have a herniated disc, you may experience:

  • Lower Back Pain: You might feel a sharp or burning pain in your lower back due to a herniated disc. The pain may travel to your buttocks, legs, and feet.
  • Weakness: Muscle weakness can be caused by a problem with your disc. You may notice that one of your legs seems weaker than the other.
  • Muscle Spasms: Muscle spasms can make herniated disc pain feel even worse.
  • Numbness and Tingling: Pressure on your nerves may trigger numbness and tingle in your legs, hips, buttocks, or foot.

Pain tends to worsen with activity and can be triggered by coughing or sneezing.

How do we treat herniated discs?

Your doctors can recommend several therapies to relieve lower back pain due to a herniated disc in Elko, NV. Treatment is aimed at reducing pressure on the nerves and realigning and stabilizing your spine. Your treatment plan may include spinal manipulation, massage therapy, flexion-distraction, pelvic blocking, or ultrasound therapy. Once the pressure on the nerves decreases, pain and inflammation will begin to improve.

Are you struggling with lower back pain in Elko, NV? Call Dr. Taylor and Dr. McKinney of Accelerated Medical, at (775) 753-7387 to schedule an appointment.

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