A herniated disc is perhaps one of the most common back problems, occurring when one of the discs in your back ruptures and exposes its soft interior. Herniated discs can irritate surrounding nerves, resulting in sharp pains throughout your back, arms, and even legs. Usually brought on by wear and tear over time, herniated discs can also result from improper lifting techniques. Many people with herniated discs do not even know it, and surgery is not often prescribed.
Sciatica is very similar to a general herniated disc in that sciatica occurs when a protruding disc in the lower back causes pain in the surrounding area and into the back of your thighs and legs. Like herniated discs, sciatica is often brought on by time and is not usually remedied by surgery. In fact, after consulting with a doctor and taking steps to ease your physical workload, sciatica can often heal on its own.
Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the either the spinal cord or spinal nerves, depending on location. Usually a sign of body degeneration, spinal stenosis can afflict any region of your spine, to varying degrees. In the lower back and lumbar region, for example, stenosis is more common, affecting your spinal nerves and resulting in intense leg pain. If you develop spinal stenosis in the neck, your spinal cord becomes the target, which could eventually lead to paralysis.
Considering how serious spinal stenosis can become, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.
One way to treat spinal stenosis is through microdecompression, which refers to the removal of pressure caused by stenosis. Typically done by removing portions of the tissue and bone pressing on the spine, microdecompression is a complicated surgery and risks can include further nerve damage, recurrent stenosis, and infection. You will want to discuss all of this with your doctor well beforehand.
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