What is a herniated disc?
If the vertebra bones are damaged, this soft spongy tissue can bulge with disc protrusion from that opening and then is it called a herniated or a slipped disk and causes herniated disc symptoms.
You can get a slipped disc in the lower back, upper back or in the neck. It is more common to have herniated disc symptoms in the lower back or lumbar region. It can be caused by several things and it takes a back doctor to be sure of the exact reason.
Causes of herniated disc symptoms
If you are suffering from the pain of herniated disc symptoms, they may have been caused by wear and tear of the disc due to age or other problems, you may have injured the area, which caused a crack or tear that caused disc protrusion from in-between the bones, or it could be caused by some sort of genetic or degenerative disease.
A slipped disc can also be caused from things like improper lifting. You should always stoop down and use the knees to help you to lift something instead of bending over your back and doing so. This can help to prevent herniated disc symptoms.
Herniated disc symptoms
Herniated disc symptoms include pain radiating down the leg or back, numbness in the limbs or buttocks area, weakness in the limbs, or a loss of bladder function or bowel function. Your back doctor can help determine the cause of your herniated disc symptoms by doing special medical tests such as a MRI, CT scan, x-ray and by taking a family history to check for any genetic causes.
Treatment for herniated disc symptoms
If you are suffering from herniated disc symptoms, your back doctor may first try having you rest the area for a day or two. You can also use a heating pad or hot water bottle for relief from herniated disc symptoms. Some people find that cold packs work better than heat, so you may have to experiment to get relief.
There are also special exercises and physical therapy for herniated disc symptoms. These help to strengthen the back muscles and may be given to you by a back doctor to do daily to help relieve pain and get the area strong again.
You could also be given pain medication in the form of over the counter medicine like Tylenol, Aspirin or Aleve or possibly stronger prescription pain medication like narcotics or other possibilities.
In severe cases, herniated disc symptoms may be treated with herniated disc surgery. Your back doctor will try to use this as a last resort in most cases, as only about 10 percent of people suffering from herniated disc symptoms get herniated disc surgery.
The bottom line is that herniated disc symptoms are not very pleasant and can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling and eventually lead to worse problems such as weakness in the limbs or even paralysis if you don’t see a back doctor to get help.