A herniated disc occurs as the disc becomes compressed and the outer wall is ruptured. As the soft core becomes exposed, it can create pressure on nearby nerve roots or the spinal cord and result in debilitating pain. This condition most commonly appears in the cervical and lumbar region of the spinal cord.
Causes of a Herniated Disc
There may be no definite root of a herniated disc, but there are some prominent causes that may lead to this condition.
- Age: As time progresses, the aging process can cause discs to become worn over time and prone to this condition.
- Trauma: Traumatic accidents or sports injuries can lead to a greater likelihood of a herniated disc.
- Excess Weight: There is an increase in pressure as extra weight is placed on the spine. As pressure and compression builds, the risk of this condition increases.
- Family history: If there is a history of spinal conditions in the family, there may be greater risk of developing a herniated disc.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Symptoms of this condition will vary with each case. Below are some of the main indicators of a herniated disc.
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- Localized pain
- Muscle spasms
At OC Spine Center, patients with a herniated disc can often be treated with conservative treatment. We aim to exhaust all controlled methods of treatment before delving into other options. If symptoms persist, our board-certified spine specialists may recommend spine surgery. We offer the leading minimally invasive spine surgeries at our facility. Our physicians utilize the latest state-of-the-art technology and innovative surgical techniques to perform all of our spine procedures.
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