How do I know if I have a herniated disc in my back?

The level of pain you will likely experience with a herniated or bulging disc is vastly more distinct than a passing pain or soreness from everyday life. A herniated disc is an injury usually from the wearing down of the cartilage between the spinal discs. The Mayo Clinic suggests there are three major ways to tell if you have a herniated disc in your back or neck:

  1.  Arm or leg pain.?If your herniated disk is in your lower back, you’ll typically feel the most intense pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf. It may also involve part of the foot. If your herniated disk is in your neck, the pain will typically be most intense in the shoulder and arm. This pain may shoot into your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move your spine into certain positions.
  2. Numbness or tingling.?People who have a herniated disk often experience numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves.
  1. Weakness.?Muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken. This may cause you to stumble, or impair your ability to lift or hold items.”

There are several other effects of a herniated disc that may not seem so obvious, but you should be aware of them. If you’ve experienced recent jaw pain, hip pain, joint aches, stomach aches, and changes in bowel movements.

What are herniated discs caused by?

A herniated disc is caused by…

For athletes, the wearing of the cartilage in the spine can happen at a faster rate than normal. So causes of herniated discs can be caused by improper form when deadlifting, squatting, playing football, using kettlebells, etc at the gym. But, for most people with a herniated disc or bulging disc the cause is not easy to pinpoint? bending the wrong way, overexerting muscles, lifting something heavier than normal, or even falling can cause the disc herniation. Finally, for those who are overweight or who have a strenuous job, the risk of a disc herniation is higher than average.

Ok so I have a herniated disc, what do I do now?

If after reading this one or many of the symptoms sound like the pain you’re dealing with everyday, then we have some good news for you! The healing process for a herniated disc in the hands of Dr. Tom Sullivan, is one that is non­surgical, immediately effective, and completely personalized. Dr. Sullivan’s approach is also a machine­free strategy whereby he uses his hands to carefully and naturally allow your discs to decompress and feel relief.

Whether or not you’ve ever met with a chiropractor, spinal decompression is not only a non­surgical approach to herniated and bulging discs, but it is likely your most cost­effective solution as well. By simply ordering an x­ray or MRI Dr. Sullivan can use his one­of­a­kind treatment method to effectively minimize radiating pain, numbness, and tingling in your arms, hands, legs, and feet.

It’s important that after you read this that you don’t rely on a self­diagnosis of the most important system in your body, your central nervous system. Stop suffering from severe back pain, and take care of your spine.