(Cervical & Lumbar)
Typically there are two forms of disc herniations:
1. Cervical Disc Herniation: often referred to as a slipped disc, means that a disc between one of the 7 vertebrae along the neck has been damaged.
2. Lumbar Disc Herniation: A lumbar disc herniation, often referred to as a slipped disc, means that a disc toward the bottom of the spine (L1 – S1) has been damaged.
Disc Herniation Causes:
• Damage stemming from an injury- Herniated discs can occur when sudden traumatic forces are placed on the spine. These often include sudden overexertion, falls or repetitive strain injuries.
• Natural wear and tear- As a result of the aging process, the disc will often undergo a natural degeneration (See Degenerative Disc Disease). It will lose some of the fluid over time resulting in the loss of flexibility and structure of the disc.
• Repetitive Strain- Disc herniations are prevalent in those with jobs that require large amounts of twisting, bending or lifting of heavy objects.
• Neck pain
• Weakness in the upper arm or shoulder area
• Numbness and/tingling sensation in fingers/wrist
• Having trouble gripping with hand
• Difficulty rotating neck
• The type of pain varies from dull to sharp
Lumbar Disc Herniation symptoms would include:
• Lower back pain
• Sciatica (pain that radiates through the leg)
• Numbness or pain in the foot
• Numbness or pain in ankle
• Unable to stretch or extend toes
• Unable to push off with foot
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