Disc Herniations

A spinal disc herniation is a condition in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings.  Disc herniation is usually due to age related degeneration of the fibrous ring of the intervertebral disk, although trauma, lifting injuries, or straining can be the cause. This tear in the disc ring may result in the release of inflammatory chemical mediators that may directly cause severe pain, even in the absence of nerve root compression. The condition is widely referred to as a slipped disc, but this term is not medically accurate as the spinal discs are firmly attached between the vertebrae and cannot “slip”.

Symptoms of disc herniation can vary depending on the location of the herniation and the types of soft tissue that become involved.  Unlike a pulsating pain or pain that comes and goes, which can be caused by muscle spasm, pain from disc herniations are usually continuous or at least is continuous in a specific position of the body.  Other symptoms may include sensory changes such as numbness, tingling, muscular weakness, paralysis, paresthesia, and affection of reflexes.

If you feel you may be suffering from disc herniations, make an appointment to come see us at Integrated Pain Solutions today.  We can help you get out of pain and go on to live your life pain free.

Our friendly staff at IPSSF is prepared to provide you with excellent services at both our East Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise, Florida locations.