Warning Signs You Have a Herniated Disc

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A herniated disc is one of the most common spinal conditions, particularly among older adults and athletes. It develops when one of the cushion-like discs between the vertebrae becomes damaged. This typically causes back pain and, if the damaged disc presses on nearby spinal nerves, neurological symptoms like tingling, weakness, and numbness. 

The longer a herniated disc goes without treatment, the more likely it is to cause lasting spinal damage. In this article, we’ll discuss the warning signs of a herniated disc to help you seek prompt treatment for this prevalent condition. 

Back Pain While Walking, Sitting, or Standing

Back pain from a herniated disc often worsens with standing, sitting, or walking, especially for prolonged periods. These motions can place excess pressure on the damaged disc, leading to increased pain. Pain from a herniated disc may also worsen when you’re trying to fall asleep at night or while:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Laughing
  • Bending backward

Pain That Shoots Down a Leg

A herniated disc in the lumbar spine can press on the sciatic nerve and trigger sciatica symptoms. One such symptom is pain that travels from the lower back down to one leg. Patients often describe this symptom as sharp, shooting pain.

Numbness, Weakness, or Tingling in the Legs

Numbness, weakness, or tingling in one or both legs are other sciatica symptoms that can result from a herniated disc. These are telltale signs of nerve irritation in the lumbar spine. 

Herniated disc symptoms can differ from person to person, and it’s important to receive personalized care for your condition. Dr. Higgins at Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery offers an extensive range of therapies, including non-invasive methods, to help patients recover from a herniated disc. We’ll develop a treatment plan that matches your goals and lifestyle while addressing your concerns. 

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