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Causes and Symptoms of Herniated Spinal Discs

Last updated 5 years ago

Your spine is made of a series of bones that are separated by soft, spongy discs. These discs play a very important role in your spine’s health, as they absorb any pressure and impact that would otherwise be exerted on the bones of your spine. If these discs become damaged or dislodged, they can cause serious pain to radiate throughout your entire body. 

Causes of Herniated Discs

Herniated discs can either be caused by the natural wear and tear associated with aging or by a sudden injury to your spine. As your body ages, the discs separating your spine tend to dry out and become less flexible. This makes them more vulnerable to small tears or cracks. This is especially true if you practice poor posture or don’t maintain a healthy body weight. Even though a ruptured disc can occur anywhere, the most common location for this problem is in the lower back. Lifting heavy objects with your back instead of your legs is an easy way to cause sudden injury to your spinal discs. During this kind of injury, the discs either break open or become dislodged from their locations in your spine.

Symptoms of Herniated Discs

The nerves of your spinal cord are responsible for sending signals throughout your body. This means that damage to the spinal cord can cause pain to radiate throughout your neck, arms, and legs. When the outer layer of a spinal disc breaks its inner nucleus, gel begins to leak out. As the gel seeps out of the nucleus core, the disc begins to exert significant pressure on the nerve roots in the spinal cord. If you experience a herniated disc, you will most likely begin to experience painful numbing and tingling sensations in your neck, arms, and legs.

The board certified physicians at Pain Specialists of Orange County provide pain management treatment for various spinal conditions including herniated discs. We have three convenient Orange County locations in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine. To schedule an appointment, contact us today at (888) 699-1334.


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