The Basics about Herniated Discs

Disc herniation is typically a result of gradual wear and tear over time that is known as disc degeneration. As we age, our spinal discs lose a portion of their water content, causing them to become less flexible and more susceptible to tearing and rupturing. Even the slightest strain or twist can result in a tear or rupture once disc degeneration has begun. With Cy-Fair neurosurgery provided by CyFair Medical Partners, you’ll receive the proper treatment for your herniated discs.

Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the herniated disc. In some cases, using back muscles instead of leg and thigh muscles to lift heavy objects can be the onset of a herniated disc. Twisting or turning while performing this type of lifting may also contribute to herniation. Though it is rare, traumatic events like a fall can cause the herniation.

Because a herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves, this results in pain, numbness or weakness felt in the arms or legs. Depending on the location of the herniation, the location of the reaction varies. For example, if the herniated disc is in the lower back, the most intense pain will be felt in the buttocks, thig and calf areas. If the herniated disc is in your neck, the pain generally will be most intense in the shoulder and the arm. Numbness and weakness may occur in the nerves directly affected. This can lead to impaired motor skills such as the inability to lift or hold items.

With our expert neurosurgery physician, Dr. Moradi, we will provide you with the exceptional care needed to relieve you of this pain. To learn more about Cy-Fair neurosurgery, contact us today. We’ll have you feeling back to your normal self in almost no time.