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Some of the Indicators/Signs of a Herniated Disc

According to Spine-Health, the signs and symptoms of a herniated disc can vary. The starting point is understanding the three main parts of the spine:

  • Cervical. This part of the spine includes the top seven vertebrae near your neck.
  • Thoracic. These are 12 vertebrae between the neck and your back.
  • Lumbar. There are the five vertebrae at the bottom of the spine.

Most herniated disc problems occur at the cervical and the lumbar regions.

Herniated discs and the cervical spine

These are less common than lumbar spine problems mainly because there is less disc material and generally because there’s less force/pressure at this region. Disc problems can occur if you’re stooped over constantly – looking a computer monitor.

Signs of a herniated disc in the cervical spine vary depending on the which vertebrae are involved. “Compression at the C4 or C5 disc level can contribute to regionalized pain, shoulder pain or muscle weakness in the upper arms, while impingement at the C6 or C7 level can cause numbness in your fingers, weakened grip strength or pain that radiates down your arm.”

Herniated discs and the cervical spine

Most herniated disc problems occur in the lumbar part of the spine. For example, a herniated disc at the L4 or L5 level typically involves nerve root impingement of nerves that radiate down your leg, meaning you may experience leg weakness, inhibited gait or pain that radiates down your leg, especially during movement. You may also notice weakness or numbness in your feet and toes. Severe herniated disc problems can include bladder problems making it difficult to release urine or hold urine in.Most herniated problems do not require surgery. Treatments generally include:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Over the counter medications
  • Rest

Please call us

If you are experiencing pain in your neck, back, or spine; our doctors have the experience to diagnose your pain and recommend appropriate treatments. To speak with our office, please call us at 215.741.7031. At Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center, we see patients who live in Levittown, Newtown, Doylestown, Richboro, and all parts of Bucks County. We also treat patients who live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Mercer Counties


This blog post does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Please call us to discuss your pain issues.


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