The spine is composed of small bones known as vertebrae, which are separated by soft, spongy discs that serve as shock absorbers to help protect the overall structure of the spinal column. While the spinal discs help protect the spine from a number of injuries, they can also become injured themselves and lead to problems of nerve compression in different areas of the spine. Herniated discs occur when pressure in the spine caused by injuries or degenerative damage compresses the soft structure and causes it to bulge outward.
Typically herniated discs are identified by pain in the spine accompanied by weakness or tingling in the upper or lower extremities, depending on the location of the disc. Pain caused by a herniated disc may be temporarily relieved by bending over or lying down, which will reduce the pressure on the affected nerves.
To explore your treatment options for a herniated disc, call Northside Hospital at (888) 598-9586. Our orthopedic department or neurosciences institute can provide excellent care fit for your needs so that you are able to move freely in the future.