Developing a herniated disc is a very common spinal disorder with many uncomfortable symptoms. Early diagnosis and a regular herniated disc treatment plan are highly advised.
Developing a herniated disc is a very common spinal disorder. However, if left untreated, it can lead to dull, sharp, and or chronic pain, limited range of motion, muscle spasm, weakness, tingling or depression and in a worst case scenario, paralysis. Therefore early diagnosis and a regular herniated disc treatment plan are highly advised. The holistic, non-invasive style of chiropractic care, and its usefulness in reducing and relieving, the symptoms associated with a herniated disc is well documented. The best place to receive professionally administered, state of the art chiropractic treatment in Vietnam is the Maple Healthcare Center.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
In most cases herniated discs occur in the lumbar spine (lower back), or the cervical spine (neck), and to a lesser extent they can also occur in the thoracic (upper back).
A cervical herniated disc is commonly diagnosed when the spongy inner core of a disc in the neck herniates, or leaks out and presses on an adjacent nerve root. While a cervical herniated disc may originate from some sort of trauma or neck injury, the symptoms can often start spontaneously.
The discs in the cervical spine are not considered large; however, there is limited space available for the nerves. This means that even a small cervical disc herniation may impinge on a nerve and cause pain. The arm pain you might experience is usually most severe when the nerve first becomes pinched. If you have a herniated disc or bulging disc in your neck (cervical spine), then you may experience:
- neck pain
- muscle tightness or cramping in your neck
- pain that radiates (or travels) down your arm(s) (this is also called referred pain or cervical radiculopathy)
- tingling in your arm(s) or hand(s)
- weakness in your arm(s) or hand(s)
- Headaches, Insomnia, high blood pressure, dizziness
- Sinus trouble and allergies, earache
- Acne or pimple eczema
- Runny nose, sore throat
- thyroid condition
- Chronic cough
Spinal discs play a crucial role in the lower back (the lumbar spine), serving as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, supporting the upper body, and allowing a wide range of movement in all directions. Disc herniation symptoms can start for no apparent reason, or when a person lifts something heavy, or twists the lower back, putting additional stress on the discs.
When stress or pressure is placed on the spine, the disc’s outer ring may bulge, crack, or rip. If this occurs in the lower back, the subsequent disc protrusion may push against the nearby spinal nerve root. It’s fairly common for the inflammatory material from the interior to irritate the nerve. The end result is sharp, shooting pains into the buttocks and down your leg.
A herniated disc in the low back (lumbar spine) may create the following symptoms:
- low back pain
- muscle tightness or cramping in your low back
- pain that radiates down your leg(s), this is also called referred pain, lumbar radiculopathy, or sciatica
- tingling in your leg(s), foot or feet
- weakness in your leg(s), foot or feet
- in extreme cases, loss of bowel or bladder control
- Constipation or diarrhea, colitis
- Cramps, difficult breathing, varicose veins
- Menstruation trouble (painful or irregular), bed wetting, impotency, knees conditions
- Poor circulation in legs, swollen ankles
Herniated discs in the upper back are rarely symptomatic and rarely produce pain, but if they are causing discomfort, the pain is usually felt in the upper back and/or chest area.
Thoracic disc issues are theoretically similar to disc disorders in the cervical and lumbar spine, but symptomatic lesions (anatomical problems related to the symptoms) are far less common. Thoracic herniated discs can develop from gradual wear and tear on the disc, which leads to relaxing of the vertebral bodies, and calcification around the disc space.
Pain is the most common symptom of a thoracic herniated disc, which can cause upper back pain and other symptoms, such as:
- Radiating pain or numbness which may or may not be isolated to the upper back or radiate in a dermatomal (single nerve root) pattern
- Thoracic back pain may be exacerbated when coughing or sneezing
- Radiating pain may be perceived to be in the chest or belly, which may require the need to include an assessment of other organs, and other causes
- Asthma, difficult or shortness breathing
- Functional heart conditions
- Bronchitis, Influenza
- Gallbladder conditions
- Liver conditions, fevers blood pressure irregular, arthritis
- Stomach troubles, heartburn
- Ulcers, gastritis
- Lower resistance/weak immune system
- Kidneys troubles (functional or infections), hardening of arteries
- Skin conditions
Chiropractic care is highly recommend for early diagnosis and herniated disc treatment
The before mentioned symptoms are obviously not all of the possible complications associated with a herniated disc. When a bulging disc presses too deeply on a nerve or the spinal cord, it can negatively impact or actually hurt internal organs (heart, lungs, etc.). This can occur because the nervous system is responsible, for the transmission of information from the brain to all parts of body and vice versa.
When the nervous system is blocked it can seriously affect your health and sense of wellbeing. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of the before mentioned symptoms and suspect you may have a herniated disc. It would be advisable to contact a chiropractor as soon as possible for early herniated disc treatment.
At Maple Healthcare, you’ll be greeted by a caring, dedicated and skilled chiropractic team and supporting staff. Collectively they will offer and provide you with a non-invasive, holistic approach to your herniated disc treatment and care. The good doctors at Maple have successfully assisted many of their patients attain relief, from this common and often painful spinal issue.
Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat most musculoskeletal symptoms and disorders! At Maple Healthcare Vietnam, we are committed to raising awareness about the alternative benefits chiropractic treatments provide, for the benefit of all aspects of your life.