Symptoms of a Herniated Disc in Oak Ridge, TN

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc in Oak Ridge TN

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A herniated disc, or bulging disc, refers to the pain associated with a spinal disc. The condition can present itself as a pinched nerve or disc pain, and the pain often appears in the neck, upper or lower spine. Symptoms can vary depending on the location of the herniated disc in the back. If you believe you have a herniated disc in Oak Ridge TN read on to learn more about the symptoms and treatment options.

Cervical Spine in Oak Ridge TN

A herniated disc in the cervical area is less common than in the lumbar spine because there is generally less force upon the cervical spine. However, it can still be quite painful when it does occur. The symptoms depend on where the herniated disc is located in the neck and shoulder area. At the top, a disc may cause weakness near the deltoid muscle or upper arm. Slightly further down a herniated disc can cause numbness or pain to radiate down the arm. It affects the biceps, wrist extensor muscles, and the hand on the thumb side. Down the spine from that tingling or pain can be felt in the triceps and down through the extensor muscles of the fingers. Right before the thoracic segment, a herniated disc causes weakness when gripping, as well as pain down the little finger.

Thoracic Spine

A herniated disc in the thoracic spine is even less common, and often does not present itself with pain. If it does become symptomatic it is usually felt in the upper back or chest.

Lumbar Spine

Symptoms of a herniated disc most often occur in the lumbar portion of the spine. Leg pain is the most common symptom for patients with a herniated disc, as well as sciatic nerve pain. An impinged nerve in the lower spine can also cause pain or weakness in the foot, big toe, or ankle. Treatment for this condition is most focused on pain relief. Speak with your doctor to see whether surgery is the best option. Your doctor may suggest you receive chiropractic care, as readjustment or manipulation can help relieve your symptoms.


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