The spine is made up of many tiny bones called vertebra, and in between these tiny bones are discs that help your spine absorb any shock that may come from external pressure. External pressure may mean something as intense as lifting a heavy object, or as visually harmless as sitting down or swinging a golf club or baseball bat. Every motion degenerates your discs in some way. After enough natural wear and tear, many people start experiencing symptoms from disc degeneration, such as torn discs, between the ages of 30 to 50. Many disc-related conditions – commonly known as herniated discs – relate to the jelly-like substance found within the material.
Often, when that substance does become an issue, it does not break through the disc’s outer shell and only causes a bulge, which may cause a patient moderate pain. A torn disc is more severe than a bulge as the membrane that encloses the jelly-like interior of the disc rips open, allowing the gel to leak out. This creates pressure on the spinal nerves, generating pain and numbness.
- Pain isolated to one side of the body
- Pain that gets worse after standing or sitting
- Muscle weakness
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Lifestyle changes like diet and exercise
- Weight Loss
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Laser spine surgery
If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a torn disc, you should contact a local medical expert as soon as possible to confirm a diagnosis. While torn discs may only need time to heal, the pain caused by this condition may be enough that it stops a patient from performing their daily duties.
As shown above, treatment for a torn disc usually does not immediately mean surgery. Even if surgery is necessary, minimally invasive treatments are available to patients who are looking to correct their torn disc and walk out of the clinic on the same day. The Spine Institute in New Jersey holds nationally renowned specialists in the field of spinal treatment. Take the first step to relieving your back pain by contacting one of our New Jersey offices and scheduling an appointment.