Most of your daily activities require a healthy back, but a herniated disc can throw a wrench in your plans. The team of dedicated physicians at Sunshine State Medical Inc. in Orlando, Florida, has extensive experience treating herniated discs and rehabilitating your spine so that you can get back to moving like you use to. Call the offices or schedule an appointment online today and put your pain in the past.
Your spinal column is made up of a series of bones, called vertebrae, that are stacked on top of one another. In between your vertebrae, you have discs that cushion and absorb shock.
The discs in between your vertebrae are made up of two parts, a rigid outer ring and a soft malleable interior. A herniated, slipped, or protruding disc is when that rigid outer ring tears and the soft interior begins to poke through.
The root cause of a herniated disc is a weak or torn outer ring. The outer ring of your disc can become damaged and susceptible to herniation due to a number of causes, including:
You can damage your outer ring by twisting in an awkward way or putting too much strain on it when lifting heavy objects.
The older you are, the more wear-and-tear your rings have undergone, which makes them more prone to damage.
If you’re particularly heavy, your discs are in a constant state of having to support a great deal of weight and pressure. They can weaken over time due to the extra strain.
A herniated disc can cause pain or numbness in the area where it’s protruding. The pain of a herniated disc is characterized by the following conditions:
A protruding disc can also cause otherwise unexplainable weakness in your muscles or tingling, aching, or burning in a localized area.
The team at Sunshine State Medical Inc. can typically treat your herniated disc with physical therapy, which rehabilitates your disc by strengthening the muscles in your back. In some cases, however, you might need surgery to fully fix your disc.
The team physicians at Sunshine State Medical Inc. will work with you to build a treatment plan that best suits your needs and the severity of your herniated disc. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more.