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A herniated disc occurs when the tissue that separates the spinal column from the vertebral bones is ruptured. If you live in the Boca Raton area and are seeking a chiropractor to treat your bulging disc (herniated disc), Dr. Ernest Caruso of Boca Health & Wellness Center can help restore full functionality with a series of gentle, non-invasive spinal adjustments.
As people age, their spinal disc loses some of the water they contain, resulting in less flexible discs. When this happens, they are more apt to tear or rupture a disc with even a minor twist or strain. The condition can also result from using the wrong muscles when lifting large, heavy objects. Less frequently, it happens as the result of a blow to the back or a fall.
Genetics, a hazardous occupation or excessive weight can also play roles in the attainment of the condition.
Herniated disc symptoms can vary according to different factors. A bulging disc can cause pressure against one or more of the spinal nerves which can result in pain. However, not every bulging disc is painful, and sometimes can be discovered on a patient's x-rays without the display of any symptoms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some notable symptoms include:
When a herniated or bulging disc occurs in the lower back, this can result in buttock pain, as well as pain in the calves and thighs. The pain may also involve part of the foot. A herniated disc in the neck can result in arm and shoulder pain that can increase when the spine is moved into specific positions or when the person coughs or sneezes.
One's ability to hold or lift things may be impaired when the muscles that are served by the nerves that are affected by a herniated or bulging disc weaken over time.
When a herniated or bulging disc adversely affects the nerves, it is common to experience tingling or numbness in that specific part of the body.
It is time to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor when your back pain or neck pain travels down a leg or arm and is accompanied by sensations of weakness, tingling or numbness.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a herniated disc or any back-related issues, this is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ernest Caruso at Boca Health & Wellness Center at 561-447-2228. One of our friendly associates will be happy to assist you. We are located at 3350 NW Boca Raton Boulevard, Suite A-24 in Boca Raton, Florida.