If you experience recurring or chronic back or neck pain, you might be curious about the underlying cause. Herniated discs in the spinal column may result in intense pain or discomfort that affects the nerves and muscles. Here’s more about this condition and how acupuncture can provide relief. 

What Is a Herniated Disc?

The spine consists of vertebrae, which are interlocking bones cushioned by discs. The discs absorb shock and prevent the bones from making contact with one another or nearby nerves.

Each disc contains a soft, gel-like nucleus known as the annulus. When a disc tears or ruptures, the nucleus material may exit the disc and bulge into the spinal column, resulting in herniation. 

Any disc in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine may become herniated, resulting in back or neck pain. Herniated discs in the lower back may spread pain to the thighs, buttocks, and calves.

Herniations in the upper back can result in pain in the shoulders and arms. Numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness often occur when a herniated disc pushes against nerves in the spinal column. 

Discs tend to degenerate with age and become more vulnerable to tears and ruptures. Herniations may also occur due to lifting heavy objects or after receiving blows to the neck or back. A family history of herniated discs can make you more susceptible to developing them. 

What Are Some Treatment Options?

neck painAcupuncture is a non-pharmaceutical therapy that may relieve some of the symptoms of herniated discs. Warm needle acupuncture can decrease neck and back pain while increasing mobility and range of motion. Additionally, acupuncture can be especially helpful for reducing pain following disc surgery. 

 

When you’re ready to experience lasting relief from back or neck pain due to a herniated disc, contact Marie Gonzales, L.Ac., in Nyack, NY. This licensed acupuncturist provides holistic medicine and trigger point techniques to promote health and wellness. Call (845) 398-1312 to book an appointment for acupuncture, or visit the website to learn more about treatment options.