Speaking of a fire that can burn within us, this office sees more than its share of spinal disc and disc-related issues, including herniated discs.
A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.
A spinal disc is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior.
A herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disc. Most people who have a herniated disc don't need surgery to correct the problem.
If you or a family member have herniated disc-related symptoms, I'll be happy to take a look.
Stay well adjusted,
Dr. Dan Kammer