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Back to Back Information On Herniated Discs

Herniated Disc and Degeneration Santa Rosa, CAHerniated discs are a condition that typically occurs in patients who are a bit older. Occurring most frequently in the lower part of the spine, herniated discs can also occur in both the thoracic and cervical spine. Although herniated discs are common, not all patients are familiar with the symptoms. To help you feel more informed, we have created a brief article defining this condition and listing some of the most common symptoms. Read on to learn more.

What Is a Herniated Disc?

Your spine is composed of 26 tiny bones called vertebrae which are surrounded by soft disks that are filled with a jelly-like substance. As you age, these disks break down and can even rupture or herniate.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Back Spasms

Does your back tense up or contract out of nowhere and leave you in either mild discomfort or severe pain? If so, you may be suffering from back spasms which are indicative of a variety of back problems included herniated discs.

  • Foot or Leg Numbness

Sometimes when a patient has badly herniated discs, it can place an undue amount of pressure on their nerves— resulting in the foot or leg numbness. If you have started to experience frequent numbness, make sure to have it checked out by a medical professional.

  • Severe Back Pain

The worst part about any back problem— especially a herniated disc— is that it can cause severe back pain at the drop of a hat. In fact, many patients who have herniated discs experience a lot of pain when they do something such as jump, sneeze, cough, or stand for long amounts of time.

As one of the most common forms of the neck, back, and leg pain, a herniated disc can luckily be treated with the help of the doctors at Redwood Orthopaedic Associates. If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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