Millions of Americans suffer from the effects of back pain which in severe cases can be disabling, and it remains a leading cause of disability. This pain may result from injuries such as a sprain but it may also be due to the discs of the spinal column. What a patient may think is a back problem could actually be a disc herniation.
The discs of the spine have several responsibilities, and one of them is their ability to act as shock absorbers. However, there is a possibility a disc may bulge or slip, causing a disc herniation which can be immediately felt when the disc begins to push against a nerve root. The discomfort resulting from the disc herniation can extend from the lumbar (lower back) area all the way to the lower extremities, resulting in leg pain and a condition commonly known as sciatica. A patient may experience problems when attempting to lift the leg, including sharp pain when trying to walk.
Depending on where the disc herniation is located in the spine, the pain may spread to other parts of the body including the groin. Thankfully, a disc herniation may be successfully treated with spinal surgery, allowing a patient to experience relief from disc-related back pain.
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