Herniated Disc: do you have one?
I’m going to make this easy for you. Do you have pain down your leg, or you know someone that has? There may be a herniated disc as the cause. Make sure they (or you) are checked at this office as soon as possible.
A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.
A spinal disk is a little like a jelly doughnut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior.
Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior like you see above where it says…“Compressed Nerve.”
A herniated disk can irritate nearby nerves or even the spinal cord itself and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. If it progresses too far, say by ignoring the problem, surgery may be the only solution.
FACT: Most people who have a herniated disk don’t need surgery to correct the problem. If you have not been checked for a herniated disk, let the us know. I can do an examination that may confirm whether you have a herniated disk or you most likely have healthy disks.
Dr. Tom Whittington, D.C.
801 Fairview Road, Suite 6
Asheville, NC 28803
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