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Disc Injuries

A herniated disk is a problem with one of the spinal column's "sock absorbers." These Rubbery cushions, called disks, sit between the bones that make up the spine, called vertebrae.

A spinal disc has a soft, jellylike center called a nucleus. The nucleus is enclosed in a rugged, rubbery exterior called the annulus. A herniated disc occurs when some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear in the annulus. Sometimes, people call a herniated disc a slipped disc or a ruptured disc.

A herniated disk can occur in any part of the spine, but it most often occurs in the lower back. Depending on where the herniated disc is, it can result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or a leg.

Facts about disc injuries

  • Many people have no symptoms of a herniated disc. 

  • For people who do have symptoms, the symptoms tend to improve over time. 

  • Surgery is typically unnecessary to alleviate the issue.












Most herniated discs occur in the lower back, but they also can occur in the neck or upper back. Symptoms depend on where the disc injury occurs and whether the disc is pressing on a nerve. 

  • Arm or leg pain. If your herniated disc is in your lower back, you'll typically feel pain in your lower back, buttocks, thigh, and calf or foot. 

  • For a herniated disc in your neck, pain is typically felt in the arm and sometimes in the shoulder blade area. The pain is often described as sharp or burning.

  • Numbness or tingling. People with a herniated disc often experience radiating pain, which feels like numbness or tingling. 

  • Weakness. When the herniated disc puts pressure on the nerve, patients may experience weakness. 

  • Bowel/Bladder. If you are experiencing trouble or loss of bowel or bladder control, please go to the ER immediately. 

You may have a herniated disc without experiencing any symptoms.

Disc bulges are very common, with 50% of people aged 40–49 showing imaging findings of a disc bulge without back pain. 


When to see a Doctor?

If you are in the Hopewell, Aliquippa PA area, please do not hesitate to Skyline Chiropractic and Sports Medicine, 724-203-0783 schedule an appointment if you have pain in your arm or legs or numbness/tingling. 

Lumbar Disc Injury
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Treatment by chiropractic care is a conservative choice that allows patients to avoid costly and painful surgeries. The first step is to have a thorough evaluation and diagnosis allowing the doctor to decide which type of treatments for best with patient. At our office we do many forms to treatment for disc injuries including traction (spinal decompression), manual therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and exercises. Our goal to get patients after the daily activities in a timely fashion.

If you’ve suffered from a disc injury and want to
learn now chiropractic care can help, contact us today.

Contact Skyline Chiropractic and Sports Medicine at (724) 203-0783 today.

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