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Back Pain / Herniated Disc

A herniated disc, also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, can cause mild to extreme pain. The soft gel that fills a disc in your vertebrae can rupture for a number of reasons. If the nerve is being subjected to pressure, damage occurs and pain escalates. The gel filling of the disc is protected to a degree by a harder surface, but this does not prevent problems with the discs themselves. If the disc weakens, cracks, or breaks, the gel will make its way out of the disc and put pressure on the nerve. This can cause pain, numbness, or even paralysis.
Herniated discs tend to be more apparent in the lower part of the back, but this isn’t always the case. The disc that is damaged can affect multiple parts of the body. The legs and the tailbone area tend to have intense pain if the disc is protruding onto a nerve. The feet can have tingly sensations as well. Some patients can walk short distances while others may not realize they have a herniated disc if it is not pushing on a nerve.
Unfortunately, it is possible for patients to have multiple herniated discs throughout the spine. Age can play a big part in the condition. Over time, the water content in the discs naturally decreases. The gel becomes more fragile as we get older, and they become more likely to rupture. Degenerative disc disease is a common contributor to herniated discs and is a condition that also develops as we age, so we may not notice this event gradually occurring. Once it occurs, the pain can progress quickly if proper care is not provided.
If you think you might have a herniated disc, it is best to make an evaluation appointment as soon as possible. Conditions can deteriorate without proper medical attention. At The Wootton Clinic with Dr. David Wootton and his staff, you’ll be treated fairly and with gentle, compassionate care. Having a herniated disc can keep you from doing the things you love. We want to help you get back on your feet and on with your life.
Call 901-756-2424 and schedule your appointment today.

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