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Causes of Herniated Discs

May 20th, 2014 - Posted to Spine

Herniated discs are often associated with the lower back, but they can also occur in the neck, known as the cervical spine. As we age, our discs lose some of their water content. As the disk dries out, injuries to the spine can cause tiny tears or cracks in the outer layers of the disc.

The inner portion of the material may be forced out through these tears or cracks which causes the disc to bulge or rupture.

Herniated discs in the neck can cause pain, numbness or weakness radiating from the neck down the arm. Usually only one side is affected, but is some cases of very large herniations, symptoms can spread to other parts of the body including the legs.

The Pain Can Limit a Person's Activity Severely

Herniated discs are best diagnosed with an MRI test. Patients very often respond well to medications, physical therapy, or steroids and do not require surgery. If surgery is recommended, minimally invasive options are available and often done as an outpatient procedure at the Marina Spine Center. We have performed this surgery on many professional athletes that have been able to return to their sport after surgery.

At the Marina Spine Center, our goal is to get you out of pain and back to your life. For an appointment please call 855-51 SPINE.