Spine Care  

STAGES OF DISC HERNIATION

1)Disc Degeneration: chemical changes associated with aging causes discs to weaken, but without a herniation.

2)Prolapse: the form or position of the disc changes with some slight impingement into the spinal canal. Also called a bulge or protrusion.

3)Extrusion: the gel-like nucleus pulposes breaks through the tire-like wall (annulus fibrosus) but remains within the disc.

4)Sequestration or Sequestered Disc: the nucleus pulposus breaks through the annulus fibrosus and lies outside the disc in the spinal canal (HNP).

Symptoms of a Strained Nerve

For example:

1) Cervical Spondylosis

  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Pain that spreads into your shoulders, arms, hands, or fingers
  • Morning neck or shoulder stiffness or a limited range of motion after getting out of bed
  • Neck or shoulder tenderness or numbness
  • Weakness or tingling in your neck, shoulders, arms, hands, or fingers
  • Headache in the back of your head
  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty swallowing (This is rare, but it may occur if the spinal cord is compressed.)

2) Sciatica

Sciatica is a pain that radiates from your back to buttocks and down the legs to the feet. For patients with this condition, forward movements of the spine, posture, coughing, sneezing, and all movement can influence pain coming from the spine. Patients may experience numbness, tingling, burning, or a pins-and-needles type sensation in the legs.

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