Herniated Disc Treatment and Symptoms
What is a Herniated Disc?
Before we get into our herniated disc treatment, it’s important to understand what a herniated disc is. A herniated disc occurs when one of the discs between vertebrae in the spine pushes out of its tough exterior. It is sometimes referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc.
What Are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?
Symptoms from a herniated disc usually involve pain in the area of the back where the disc is, or numbness and weakness in an arm or leg. They may also include tingling, pain in the sciatic nerve or severe deep muscle spasms. In some cases however, when the disc is not pressing directly on a nerve patients may only experience a slight back ache or in some instances not experience any symptoms at all.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
As mentioned above, a herniated or slipped disc occurs when the inner ring portion to pushes out past the exterior. There are many factors and causes that may lead to a herniated disc including age or lifting a large and heavy item improperly. Furthermore, overweight individuals, or those with a very sedentary lifestyle are at a greater risk due to the excess strain placed on the back itself. To help prevent getting a slipped disc it is important to remain active, healthy, stretch often and practice proper lifting.
How is a Herniated Disc Diagnosed?
Through a series of physical exams a doctor is usually able to locate the general location and cause of pain which may be a herniated or slipped disc. Imaging test such as an MRI or CT Scan can also help pinpoint the vertebrae effected.
How is a Herniated Disc Treated?
Depending on the severity of the problem, surgery may or may not be needed to treat your herniated or slipped disc. We offer herniated disc treatments to our patients in Michigan through special physical therapy, massage therapy or medication. In some cases herniated discs can be easily treated. Those that cannot however may need surgery which may include a laminectomy. If left untreated, slipped and herniated discs can lead to nerve damage, cut off impulses to you Cauda Equina, resulting in loss of bowel and bladder function, or loss of sensation in the upper thigh.