How To Know if you have a Disc Herniation

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Are You Suffering From Disc Herniation Symptoms?

Spinal Disk Herniation InfographicHave you been experiencing sharp pains that radiate through your back? If so, you may be dealing with disc herniation symptoms. While several back issues can result in moderate to severe pain, a disc herniation is a serious issue that should be promptly assessed by a qualified chiropractor or another healthcare practitioner. To help you determine whether you may be suffering from a herniated disc, the experts at Amazing Spine Care in Jacksonville, FL explain a few of the most common symptoms below.

1. Back Pain While Sitting or Standing for Extended Periods

When you sit, you exert considerable pressure on the discs in your lower spine, which can cause a bulge or herniation to become more pronounced. If you have a herniated disc in your lower back, chances are you will experience pain when you sit or stand for long periods. However, a pinched sciatic nerve can also cause similar symptoms, which is why self-diagnosis is not recommended.

2. Pain That Radiates to Other Areas of Your Body

If you have a herniated disc in your lower back, you will likely experience pain that radiates into your buttocks or legs. Similarly, a herniated disc in your upper back can cause radiating pain that extends to your arms.

3. Numbness or Tingling in Extremities

While pain is probably the most prevalent disc herniation symptom, numbness and tingling are also quite common. This is because a herniated disc places excessive pressure on the nerves that stem away from the spine. That pressure can cause a loss of sensation in the extremities served by the compromised nerve(s) or a sensation of tingling or pins and needles.

4. Muscle Weakness

A herniated disc compromises the function of nerves that branch away from your spinal column and serve various areas of your body. When one or more nerves that serve the muscles in your lower body become compromised, you may experience muscle weakness, which can negatively affect your ability to walk. If you have a herniated disc in your upper back, you may experience arm weakness that makes lifting or holding items difficult.

Please note: We do not recommend self-diagnosis. This blog serves only to provide a preliminary method of determining what may be causing your back pain. Always discuss any symptoms you are experiencing with a qualified chiropractor or other health care practitioner.

Schedule an Exam With a Chiropractor Today

If you believe you may be suffering from a herniated disc, do not hesitate to contact our team at Amazing Spine Care to schedule an exam. A chiropractor can help get you out of pain, so you can get back to enjoying the activities and lifestyle you love. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (904) 320-0808 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch.