Why is that shooting pain in my back and neck?

What is a disc herniation?

Commonly back or neck pain arises from disc herniation. Sometimes called a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc this condition offer targets the lower back as well as the smaller disc in the lower neck region

In spite of the fact a disc herniation at times can be very painful, most people get better within just a few months of simple, nonsurgical treatments

Cause of the disc herniation

A disc is said to be herniated when a portion of the jelly like nucleus bulges out the outer edge of the disc and spreads towards the spinal canal due to wear and tear or sudden injury. The bulging nucleus puts pressure on the nerves. The spinal nerves are very sensitive to  even a very slight amount of pressure, which can result in pain, numbness or weakness in one or both legs

Risk Factors

In children and adults the disc is rich in water content. As we age, the water content in the disc decreases and it becomes less pliable and begins to shrink, as a result the spaces between the vertebrae get confined. The condition that aggravates weakness in the disc include:

  • Improper lifting
  • Smoking
  • Excessive body weight that places added stress on the disks (in the lower back)
  • Sudden pressure
  • Repetitive strenuous activities

Symptoms of disc herniation

Lower Back

Pain in the lower back is a common complain, however, a pain alone with no clear symptoms does not indicate a disc herniation. You must immediately consult your physician if your pain results from a sudden fall or a blow to your back. The most common symptom indicating a disc herniation is sciatica- a shooting pain that spreads from the buttock down the back of one leg. It is caused by pinching spinal nerves. Other symptoms arise from lumbar spinal disc herniation are:

  • Back pain
  • Weakness in the leg and/or foot
  • Pins-and-needles sensation or numbness in the leg and/or foot
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
Neck

Similar to the pain in lower  back pain in the neck is also very common. When pressure is put on the nerves  in the neck it torments the muscles between your neck and shoulder. The pain in some cases may shoot down the arm

Other symptoms include:

  • Weakness in one arm
  • Tingling or numbness in one arm

Burning pain in the shoulders, neck, or arm