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Doyousuffer frombackorneckpain?At times this paincanradiate indicatingapotentialproblemwith the discs. The bones in your spine are called the vertebrae. The vertebrae are held together and in placeby ligamentsandsmalldiscsthatactasshock absorbers. These control your spine’s range of movement,flexibilityandkeep thespinalcordsafe from damage. However, when a disc is damaged, the insidecansqueezeoutofplaceandeitherbulge or herniate, leaving the spinal nerves susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a “herniated disc”, “slipped” or “ruptured disc.” A herniated disc can be incredibly painful and can cause a great deal of limitations on the body’s movement, thus hindering a person’s movement and overall ability to perform day-to-day tasks. A herniated disc can cause a variety of symptoms including radiating pain down the arm or leg, depending if the herniated disc is in your neck or lowback.Bulgingdiscsare thebeginningphaseof herniated discs. Very often people have a bulging

disc and don’t even know it. Only when the outside ofabulgingdiscbecomes irritatedandaffects the surroundingtissuedoes itbegintocausebackache, generally in the same area and not down the leg. Aherniateddisc intheneckcanbe justaspainfulas a herniated disc in the back. Arm pain from a neck herniated disc is one of the more common neck conditionstreatedbyourphysiotherapists.Although a neck herniated disc may start from injury to the spine,thesymptoms, includingarmpain,commonly start frompoorpostureormusclestrains.Thearm pain from a neck herniated disc occurs because the herniated disc material “pinches” or presses on a nerve, causing pain to radiate along the nerve down the arm. Our specialized physiotherapists are trained to examineyourspineandmovement tofind the root causeofyourproblem.Thenweworkwithyouand your doctor to put together a plan that helps you achieve optimum results.

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