What You Need to Know About Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc pain

Back and neck pain are among the most common reasons for missed work, and herniated discs are a leading cause of both conditions. Also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc happens when the gel-like center of one of the round, flat cushioning pads that function as shock absorbers in your spine is pushed through a torn or weakened part of the fibrous outer layer.

If you suspect you’re experiencing herniated disc symptoms, call The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas or schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones using our online booking feature.

Herniated disc symptoms

Slipped discs are most common in the lower back, but they can also affect the top two-thirds or so of your backbone, encompassing the thoracic and cervical spine. And the resulting pain can affect more than the disc area itself and coincide with additional symptoms.

A herniated disc in your low back may include:

A herniated disc in your neck can cause:

A herniated disc in the mid-back tends to cause subtler symptoms, including vague pain in the upper and lower back, abdomen, and legs, as well as leg weakness.

Causes of herniated disc pain

Most anyone can experience herniation of a disc due to weakening and tearing of its annulus, the fibrous outer layer.

Factors that make this more likely include:

Treatment for herniated disc pain

In many cases, herniated disc issues resolve on their own or with conservative treatment options, such as rest, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy. Applying ice or heat therapy, using ice packs or heated, moist cloths may also help minimize muscle spasms and pain. Severe and long-lasting symptoms that fail to improve with these methods may require surgery.

Complications of herniated discs

Seeking support and medical care for lingering and severe herniated disc pain is important for preventing complications. Ongoing back, leg, and neck pain can lead to loss of sensation or control in the legs or feet and detract significantly from your ability to lead a full and gratifying life.

To learn more about herniated discs and any back or spine issues you’re experiencing, reach out to The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas. Our specialists would love to help you get back to more comfortable living. Call the office nearest you today or book your appointment online.

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