Herniated discs are a very common medical condition with over three million reported cases in the United States each year. Some people experience little to no pain while others have excruciating discomfort that leaves them unable to perform everyday tasks. At The Colorado Spine Institute in Johnstown, we have treated many patients who have suffered from a herniated disc. If you are experiencing severe pain in your back or numbness in certain parts of your body, we can provide a thorough examination and diagnosis.
Understanding the Condition
Discs are the rubbery cushions between the vertebrae that make up the spinal column, and when one of these discs “slips” and puts pressure on the nerves, it can cause severe pain. This herniation, or “slipping,” occurs when the softer interior of the disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior. This can lead to back or neck pain, numbness, and weakness in the muscles of the arms and legs.
There are many causes that can lead to this condition including improper lifting, repetitive activities involving the spine, and sudden pressure or trauma to the spine. There are a variety of therapies and treatments to remedy a herniated disc, and it’s somewhat rare for surgery to be necessary. Our spinal specialists understand how to detect a herniated disc and decide what treatment will be best for a particular patient.
If you’re experiencing any painful symptoms in your back, neck, legs or arms, it is imperative to see an experienced spine doctor as soon as possible. Make an appointment with Colorado Spine Institute today.