Are you experiencing a pain in your back? Perhaps you are having a pain that seems to stem from your back and move to another place on your body? An isolated pain that turns into possible numbness, or a worse pain? If any of these sound like something you’re experiencing, you might have what is referred to as herniated disc disease.
Keep reading to discover if you are having symptoms of herniated disc disease, and what your possible treatment options are. If you feel you may have herniated disc disease, contact a medical professional before beginning any treatment programs.
Herniated Disc Disease: Signs and Symptoms
The most uncomfortable and inconvenient symptom of herniated disc disease is back pain. Usually, this pain is made worse by sneezing, coughing, and general movement. A doctor can tell you if your pain is caused by a herniated disc, or if your back pain is coming from a different issue, in which case may be eased with simple stretching techniques and tools.
Numbness and Sciatica
Because herniated discs cause pressure to roots and nerves, it can result in pain shooting down an arm or leg, or even numbness in limbs. Sciatica is pain that begins near the low back or buttock and travels down into the calf and foot.
Spasms and Weakness
Back spasms are a common symptom of herniated disc disease, causing discomfort in the selected area. Weakness in the limbs is also a symptom, due to the pressure that the herniated disc is causing.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Herniated Disc Disease
Diagnosis: X-Rays, MRIs, and CT Scans
These are all ways to properly diagnose herniated disc disease. X-rays are the simplest, less-complicated choice, while MRIs use radio frequencies and large magnets to provide a very detailed report of what is inside our bodies. CT Scans use a mix of both X-ray and MRI technology to receive highly detailed picture results. From these results, the determination of whether you have herniated disc disease begins.
There are several different treatment options for herniated disc disease and herniated discs. One treatment option is physical therapy to ease the strain of the situation. Other options include an epidural steroid injection to the site, which eases pain temporarily, while other options include a discectomy and a microdiscectomy, which involve removing the painful disc.
Now you are aware of the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for herniated disc disease. Learn more about our services and how a conservative physical therapy treatment option can help treat your pain!