If you or a loved one is suffering from pain in the lower back and leg, chances are you may be experiencing symptoms of a lumbar herniated disc. To experience the complete benefits of professional medical assistance, it’s important to fully understand the nature and symptoms of this condition.

What does this affliction consist of? The spine surgeons of IGEA Brain & Spine have the answers.

Risk Factors

Lumbar herniated discs often cause debilitating pain in the lower back.

The discs on the lumbar spine (or lower back) help absorb the shock your body experiences during any type of physical activity. When a herniation happens, the disc’s outer band breaks, causing a gel-like substance to leak out. This leakage puts pressure on the spinal canal and nerve roots. Irritation can also occur when the disc’s nucleus releases chemicals on surrounding nerves. Some of the most common risk factors of lumbar herniated discs include:

  • Loss of strength and weakness of the disc due to aging
  • Lifestyle choices such as overweightness, lack of exercise and smoking
  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive and incorrect lifting or twisting motions

Know the Symptoms

Some of the most common lumbar herniated disc symptoms to look out for include:

  • Sharp or dull pain in the lower back that intensifies when sneezing, coughing or bending
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cramping
  • Sensations such as tingling, numbness, burning or pain that flows from the buttock region to the lower extremities
  • Weakness or loss of leg function

Medical assistance is highly advised upon recognizing these symptoms. The spine surgeons of IGEA Brain & Spine offer a diagnostic process with physical examinations, medical history evaluation and tests that will pinpoint the exact location of your pain.

The Treatment You Need

Upon evaluating your condition, our spine surgeons can determine which treatment is best suited for you. Whether it’s a non-operative treatment such as therapy or epidural injections, or a highly advanced discectomy, know that we will work diligently to give you the most compassionate and effective care.

Don’t let a lumbar herniated disc take away the pleasure of having an active life. It’s time to get back to the health you want with the help of IGEA Brain & Spine. Contact our location in New Jersey for more information about our services.