TYPES OF HERNIATED DISKS - SYMPTOMS
What are the Types of Herniated Disks?
A herniated disk can mean a lot of different things to different people and that is because there are so many different ways that a disk can become herniated.
Some herniated disks are going to hurt more than others and cause pain in different areas. A lot of times, people don't even know when they have a herniated disk
because the pain is coming from some place other than what one would typically think of when they think of herniated disks.
A herniated disk occurs when the outer portion of an intervertebral disc tears, allowing the central portion to bulge out. The amount of pain that you feel
associated with a herniated disk really depends on the size of the tear and the location of the hernia. There are three major kinds of herniated disks.
The first kind in cervical, which means it occurs in the neck. Cervical herniated disks can cause pain and affect places in the head, neck, and shoulders.
Symptoms of cervical disk herniation may include sharp or dull pain that occurs in the neck or between the shoulder blades. Symptoms
can also be pain that radiates down an arm to the hand or even into the fingers,
or tingling or numbness near or in the shoulder or arm. If the neck is held in certain positions or moved certain ways,
the pain may be intensified.
If you are feeling a lot of pain in these areas, you might have a herniated disk and should probably get it looked at by a health specialist
before the pain gets much worse or the symptoms become more permanent.
Lumbar herniated disks occur in the lower back. These herniated disks typically affect the lower portion of the body such as the lower back and the thighs.
The pain from a lumbar herniation can even affect the legs and the toes. When pain from a herniated disk isn't happening at the location of the hernia,
people often become confused and look for other causes for the pain.
A symptom frequently associated with a lumbar herniated disc is sciatica.
As the disk slips or compresses, pressure on one or several nerves that are associated with the sciatic nerve can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or burning that can extend
from the buttock down into the leg and sometimes travel as far as the knee and foot. Usually only one side of the body is affected.
A doctor can better examine you to find the origin of the pain to ensure that you are getting a proper treatment.
The third kind of herniated disk that can occur is a thoracic herniation. A Thoracic herniated disk is very stable and very rare.
Thoracic herniated disks are found in between the cervical and lumbar regions and are often confused for one or the other. Though the symptoms from a thoracic herniated disk
are much more mild than the symptoms from herniations in other locations, they should be treated with care as they could seriously affect a person the longer they remain
If you think you may have a herniated disk, it would be a good idea to visit a health care professional. This person will be able to treat your herniation
much better than you can on your own and taking care of the issue right away will help you feel better in the long run and help prevent further damage.
Sciatica is a symptom frequently associated with a lumbar herniated disc. Pressure on one or several nerves that contribute to the sciatic nerve can cause pain, burning, tingling, and numbness that extends from the buttock into the leg and sometimes into the foot. Usually one side (left or right) is affected.
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