How Do I Know If I Have a Herniated Disc?

Herniated Disc

Your spine has discs that are pads between the vertebrae.  These discs/pads act as cushions and minimize the impact of movement on the spine.  The discs have a soft center, called the nucleus.  If the nucleus is ruptured, a herniated disc results.  The disc tissue is pressed out of the back and causes pain in the lower back and legs if the rupture occurs in the lower back.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A HERNIATED DISC?

Spinal discs can deteriorate because of injury or because of age.  Initially, the condition may not cause any kind of symptoms.  If it is a minor injury, you may experience pain in a small area.  If the disk is large enough, it can press on the adjacent spinal nerve causing pain.

You should also be familiar with the term sciatica – pain on one side of the body.  If the disc herniation happens in the lower back, for example, pain can often be felt in one of your legs because the disc is pressing against a nerve on one side of the spinal column.  An MRI can often reveal whether you have a herniated discs.

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