If you are suffering from neck or lower back pain, or pain that spreads down your legs and into your feet, you could have a herniated disc. Here at Pars Health Clinic in Roswell, GA, we are ready to swiftly diagnose your problem and recommend an effective course of treatment to alleviate your pain.
What Is A Herniated Disc?
You might know this painful condition as disc disease, or a ruptured disc, or even a bulging. Whatever you call it, it’s a painful problem that affects the neck and lower area of the spine, and is responsible for causing many lower back,Neck pain, shoulder pain and leg pains, including sciatica.
The good news is that most people with a herniated disc respond well to a few weeks of non-surgical treatment such as chiropractic or physiotherapy treatment, which we offer here at the Pars Health Clinic.
Who Is Most Likely To Suffer From A Herniated Disc?
If you’ve been in a car crash or other kind of accident where a sudden, jolting movement has affected your spine, this can cause a herniated disc in your back or neck area.
But less dramatic events, such as lifting heavy objects, or twisting your back, or even taking part in repetitive activities can put a strain on your spine and lead to a herniated disc.
Also, being overweight is a known cause of this condition, as carrying around all those extra pounds puts added stresses and strains on those vulnerable lower back discs.
Ways To Avoid Lumbar Disc Disease
Here at Pars Health Clinic, we are happy to offer advice and assistance if you are experiencing neck or back problems, or have done so in the past and wish to reduce the chances of them returning in the future.
If you are involved in lifting heavy objects, you can protect your spine by ensuring you bend your legs and don’t twist or use your back muscles when you lift. Any repetitive activities you perform should be carried out using techniques to avoid damaging your back and neck. We will be happy to show you these when you book a consultation at the clinic.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
The symptoms of a herniated disc could be similar to other health conditions, so the best advice is to always get a diagnosis from a health professional.
If you think you have a herniated disc, the symptoms to look out for will vary according to whereabouts on the spine your disc has herniated and which nerve root is most affected. But there are common symptoms to look out for:
Back / Neck Pain: This can come and go or be constant. The level of pain can be made worse when you move or stand up for a while, or even if you cough or sneeze
Low Back Pain: This will start in the lower back or buttock region and could spread down your leg to your feet.
Muscle Weakness: Likely to be experienced most intensely in your legs
Numbness: You could experience numb feet and legs
Lower reflex problems: Your knees and ankles may have decreased reflexes
Bowel & bladder issues: You could notice a change to the way these function
Should you be experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend booking a consultation with the experts here at Pars Health Clinic.
Treatment for Disc Herniation
While we always recommend you see a health specialist face-to-face if you are worried about any symptoms, should you have a lumbar disc herniation, there are several courses of treatment available, depending on the severity of your condition.
You may be advised to rest in bed at the onset of symptoms to give your body a chance to heal. Or the recommendation could be to book physiotherapy sessions or seek the skills of a chiropractor.
Other treatments that can be prescribed include:
- Electric simulation
- Decompression Therapy
- Various exercise program
- Back and neck supports to alleviate the pain
- Medicine to relax your back/neck muscles and relieve pain
You Can Take Preventative Measures To Stop Herniated Discs
They say prevention is better than cure, and when it comes to treatment for disc herniation, there is plenty of advice designed to help you ensure the condition does not re-occur once you are over the initial symptoms.
If you are overweight, your doctor might suggest a diet or other weight control measures to relieve the pressure on your spine. If your herniated disc was caused by improper lifting, there is information available to help you avoid hurting your back or neck in the same way again.
Should all recommended treatments fail to solve the problem to your satisfaction, your healthcare professional could recommend an injection or surgery.