Back pain is a very common affliction and affects tens of millions of people in the United States1 at any point in time. One common cause of severe back pain is a herniated disc. Your spinal column is made of numerous discs that cushion your vertebrae and serve as shock absorbers when you move around. There are two parts to each disc – a soft center and a touch ring around the exterior. If you are involved in an accident, experience a sudden injury, or simply have increased wear and tear on a disc, the soft center may push against the tough outer layer and may even break all the way through, which is called herniation.
There are many signs that you may have herniated disc, including the following:
- Pain in your back
- Pain in your foot or leg (sciatica)
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness in your foot or leg
- In very rare and serious cases, loss of control of your bladder or bowel
It can also be helpful to examine the risk factors for herniated discs, which include being overweight, spending a significant amount of your time seated and/or sedentary, lifting with your back instead of your legs, smoking, and more.
While the above are all signs that you may have a herniated disc, the best course of action is always to schedule an appointment with a back and spine injury specialist. Once diagnosed, treatment for a herniated disc can include physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, steroid injections, and rarely surgery may be needed.
Find Out How Tampa Bay Spine & Injury Can Provide Back Pain Management
At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, we have many different options to help relieve the pain you feel due to a herniated disc or any other type of back problems. We have chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, and sports trainer all available to tailor your treatment to your specific injuries and goals. We have two offices conveniently located in St. Petersburg and Brandon, Florida, so please call for more information today at 727-898-3852 (St. Pete) or at 813-381-3852 (Brandon).