Have you noticed a strange numb feeling in your body? It may be caused by a herniated disc in your spine. Spinal conditions cause symptoms that may be close to your spine or radiate along nerves leading to elsewhere in the body. The complexity of the nervous system makes these conditions difficult to diagnose on your own. Fortunately, Dr. Steven McMahon in New York, NY, can help. He determines the source of your numbness and provides chiropractic treatment to remedy your symptoms.
Why a Herniated Disc Causes Numbness
Spinal discs are fluid-filled sacs that protect against spinal injuries and help keep your spine in alignment. Moving wrong or lifting heavy objects may cause the semi-soft interiors of discs to slip out of place, and the ruptured disc may put pressure on the spinal nerves. This causes a range of symptoms, including numbness.
Areas Affected by Herniated Disc Numbness
Because there are so many nerves that travel through your spinal column, a herniated disc can cause a numb feeling in almost any part of your body. The disc may put pressure on your sciatic nerve that travels down your leg, which causes a numb sensation in your buttock, thigh, calf, ankle, foot, or toes. A herniated disc in your spine may also cause a numb feeling in your neck, arms, back, and fingers.
How Long Does a Herniated Disc Cause Numbness?
The numb feeling from a herniated disc may last up to 30 days or longer. Several factors determine how long it will take the disc to heal, such as the location of the disc and affected nerve, as well as the degree of irritation and inflammation around the nerve.
Herniated Disc Treatments
If you have a numb sensation that you believe is related to a spinal issue, schedule an appointment with Dr. McMahon. He will examine your spine to determine the location and severity of the herniated disc. Treatments may include rest, physical therapy, and spinal decompression. It’s essential that you avoid any exercises, activities, and movements that may worsen the pressure on the disc.
Numbness may be a herniated disc symptom that requires medical evaluation and treatment by a chiropractor. Call our office in New York, NY, today at (212) 243-6384 to schedule an appointment with Dr. McMahon. For emergencies, you can reach us at (646) 342-4242.