Hinsdale Orthopaedics is widely recognized for serving its patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area for more than 60 years. It is not uncommon for us to see a number of patients each year seek our help on a herniated disc. There are a long list of terms used to describe spinal disc pathology, including “herniated disc,” “pinched nerve,” and “bulging disc.” Even though not all professionals can agree on the appropriate terminology, we are going to refer to it as “herniated disc” for the sake of clarity. A herniated disc has to do with a problem with one of the rubbery cushions or “discs” in between the vertebrae that stack-up to make your spine. These spinal discs remind one of a jelly doughnut that has a softer center and a tougher exterior. A “slipped disc” or a “ruptured disc” has to do when some of the “jelly” leaks out a crack in the tough exterior. It is no surprise that a herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves and cause a great deal of pain weakness or numbness. However, in some cases, the person who has the herniated disc does not have any symptoms whatsoever. Because so many individuals don’t even know they have a herniated disc, whenever our Chicago neighbors suspect they may have something wrong with their spine or back, Hinsdale Orthopaedics is the only name they need to know.
The most common signs and symptoms of a herniated disc for our Chicago patients include: Arm or leg pain; Numbness or tingling; Weakness. The arm or leg pain may occur most intensely in their buttocks, thighs and calves. Chicago patients who have herniated discs often experience numbness or tingling sensations and muscles served by the affected nerves and may tend to be weakened enough to cause them to stumble, or to impair their ability to lift or hold items. It is time to seek the professional advice of Hinsdale Orthopaedics in the event you experience the sensation of numbness, tingling or weakness, or you have pain traveling from your neck or upper back down your arms or legs. It is not uncommon for disc herniation to turn into disc disintegration because it is frequently the result of a gradual aging process.
Often it is difficult for patients to pinpoint the precise moment their herniated disc occurred. It may have come about when they used their back muscles instead of their leg and thigh muscles to lift a large, heavy object. Even twisting and turning while lifting can bring about a herniated disc. You can anticipate that our team will review the patient’s medical history; conduct a complete physical; and perform one or more diagnostic tests. If you recognize some of these symptoms as your own, it is time to reach out and contact us about scheduling an examination to determine if you have a herniated disc. We assure you that we will pin down your problem immediately, so you can get back into the swing of things as soon as possible.
If you are interested in setting up an appointment with one of our clinics, call us at: (630) 323-6116, today.