The discs are located between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The discs in the lower neck and lower back are the most common to herniate or bulge. So, what does that mean?
The discs in your spine are like a jelly doughnut. If you squish a doughnut, the jelly squirts out the back. The same is true with your discs. As the disc gets squished from degeneration or trauma the inside of the disc tries to push out the back. The disc might bulge or the inside material can actually exit the disc….aka herniate.
Symptoms of a bulging or herniated disc
- Localized pain at the level of disc
- Traveling or radiating pain – if the disc has pinched a nerve
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Increased or decreased reflexes
- Increased or decreased sensations of the skin
- Numbness and/or tingling
A bulging or herniated disc is a serious condition that should be treated specifically to ensure proper healing. Don’t ignore these symptoms and call today if you experience neck and back discomfort. Nashville Neck & Back is conveniently located in the Madison and Rivergate area. Dr. Roberts sees patients from all over the greater Nashville area including Hendersonville, Hermitage, and Goodlettsville.