The spine is made up of many bones called vertebra, between each vertebra is a disc. Each disc has a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. The disk may move out of place (herniate) or break open (rupture) from injury or strain.
Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when all or part of the softer inner disk is forced through a weakened part of the disks tougher exterior. When this happens, there may be pressure on the spinal nerves. This can lead to pain, numbness, or weakness.
A herniated disk can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. It is thought that symptoms mainly occur if the damaged disc puts pressure on or irritates a spinal nerve.
Most people who have a herniated disk won’t need surgery to correct the problem. At our center, depending on your diagnoses, we have various traditional, holistic, and minimally invasive treatments available.