Intervertebral discs (AKA: “shock-absorbers” of the spine) are the cartilage cushions located between the vertebrae (bones) of the spine. Discs can become inflamed, irritated, bulging, and even ruptured if the spine undergoes even the most trivial of traumas. The most common signs that a person may be suffering from a disc problem are numbness and tingling through their arms and legs, often accompanied by sharp shooting pains. Discs that are bulging or pinching on a nerve exiting the spinal column can be a very serious condition directly linked to subluxations (spinal misalignment). Often diagnostic imaging in the form of x-rays and MRI’s are needed to properly diagnosis a disc problem condition.
Sciatica is a common condtions with a disc problem.Sciatica is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc (also referred to as a bulging disc, ruptured disc or pinched nerve).
The problem is often diagnosed as a “radiculopathy,” meaning that a disc has protruded from its normal position in the vertebral column and is putting pressure on the radicular nerve (nerve root).
For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating.
For others, the pain might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse. Usually, sciatica only affects one side, and the pain often radiates through the buttock and/or leg. One or more of the following sensations may occur:
Pain in the buttocks and/or leg that is worse when sitting
Burning or tingling down the leg
Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
A constant pain on one side of the buttocks
A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Symptoms that may constitute a medical emergency include progressive weakness in the legs or bladder/bowel incontinence. Patients with these symptoms may have cauda equina syndrome and should seek immediate medical attention.
Lumbar Herniated Disc/Sciatica/Stenosis/ Spondylolisthesis