Herniated disk refers to the problem with one of the disks (rubbery cushions) between individual bones which stack up to make your spine. Basically spinal disk is the small like jelly donut and it has softer center which is enclosed within the tougher exterior. Sometimes it is also known as ruptured or slipped disk. Herniated disk might occur when some of softer jelly pushes out via tear in tougher exterior. It could irritate nearby nerves so you may suffer from numbness, weakness and pain in leg or arm.

Get information about symptoms of herniated disk

Basically herniated disk is the medical condition and it is most common in the middle aged people. Plenty of risk factors are involved in the spinal disc herniation like sedentary lifestyle, strenuous physical exercise, obesity, improper lifting, genetic predisposition and age of 30 to 50 years. When it comes to the most common symptoms and signs of the herniated disks then it is listed below like:

·         Leg or arm pain - In case your herniated disk at your lower back, you might feel most intense pain at your thigh, calf and buttocks. If it is in your neck then the pain is in arm and shoulder.

·         Weakness - Muscles are served by affected nerves which tend to weaken. Sometimes herniated disk show up on the spinal images of people who are having no symptoms of the disk problem.

·         Tingling or numbness - If you are suffering from herniated disk then you might often experience tingling or numbness in body part which is served by the affected nerves.

If you are looking to prevent herniated disk then you must follow some tips such as maintain good posture, exercise and maintain healthy weight. Strengthening your muscle is really useful to support and stabilize the spine. Good posture is useful to reduce pressure at your disks and spine. When you sit for long periods, you must keep your back aligned and straight. In case you are looking to know about whether you are having herniated disk or not then you must ask your health professional for completing medical history and conduct the physical examination. Once you know about herniated disk symptoms then you must consult with your health professional.

How to treat herniated disk

A physical examination is really useful to decide which nerve roots are affected. Non surgical treatment is best one to treat symptoms of the herniated disk such as anti inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers and analgesics. Only small percentage of the patients with the disk herniation is required surgery. Spinal surgery is recommended after period of the nonsurgical treatment. Surgery might require when you suffer from certain issues like strong pain syndrome, cauda equina syndrome and paralysis.

Published by Kaushal Shah