This is where a disc is pushed out from between the vertebral bodies. This is like a cushion and by being pushed out it generally causes problems with nerves. This can be as a result of injury or just a symptom of aging and degeneration.
Signs and Symptoms
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.
Numbness or tingling. People who have a herniated disk often experience numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves.
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.
How can Osteopathy help?
The gentle manual treatment provided by the osteopath reduces the muscle spasm, inflammation, and nerve pressure, the primary pain producers as well as strengthening the muscles and ligaments that are important for normal alignment