February 28, 2020
Dr. Virk was featured on the popular resource website spine-health.com for contributing an article titled "How a Herniated Disc In Your Upper Back Causes Pain, Numbness, and Weakness."
See below for an excerpt from the article:
A herniated disc in the upper back, also called a thoracic herniated disc, can cause a variety of symptoms including pain, numbness, and weakness. While sharp, axial back pain that worsens with activity is most common, other signs and symptoms can include:
- Burning and/or electric-like pain that localizes to the back or radiates circumferentially around the chest or abdomen.
- Similar shock-like pain can radiate into the legs.
- Sensory disturbances, including tingling and numbness, may be experienced at or below the level of the herniated disc.
- Motor deficits such as leg weakness and gait instability can also be observed.
- In the most severe cases, paralysis of the legs and bowel and/or bladder dysfunction can occur.