Lumbar Herniated Disc
As a disc degenerates and breaks down, the inner core can leak out through the outer portion of the disc, and this condition is known as a disc herniation or a herniated disc.
The weak spot in the outer core of the intervertebral disc is directly under the spinal nerve root, so a herniation in this area puts direct pressure on the nerve.
The nerve runs through the leg, and any type of pinched nerve in the lower spine can cause pain to radiate along the path of the nerve through the buttock and down the leg (also called sciatica or a radiculopathy).
Lumbar Herniated Disc Symptoms
General symptoms typically include one or a combination of the following:
- Leg and/or foot pain (sciatica), which may occur with or without lower back pain. Typically the leg pain is worse than the lower back pain.
- Numbness, weakness and/or tingling in the leg and/or foot
- Lower back pain and/or pain in the buttock
- Loss of bladder or bowel control (rare), which may be an indication of a serious medical condition called cauda equina syndrome.
Lumbar Herniated Disc and Sciatic Pain Treatments of TCM
Through acupuncture treatment can make the nerve and the injury, inflammation swelling reduce and promote blood circulation, adjust the position of the disc that pressed nerve, repair for the injured tissue as soon as possible, reducing vertebral pressure on the disc, acupuncture treatment actual make the most of patients cured, some patients after treatment and to make MRI again, contrast find herniated disc have significantly smaller.