About Herniated Discs
The spine consists of 33 vertebrae, which are small bones that provide support and enable flexible movement of the back. Between each of the vertebrae are small, sponge-like discs and when a portion of the disc protrudes outward, it is called a herniated disc. This bulge can cause excruciating pain and prevent leg function while in some cases, symptoms of a herniated disc are very mild. Regardless of the extent of your pain, it's crucial to see a medical professional right away to prevent long-term nerve damage, inflammation, and muscle weakness. Tricity Pain Associates has helped countless individuals with slipped discs and can provide the prompt care you need to bring substantial relief. Call our office in Carrollton, Prosper, McKinney, or Irving, TX to schedule an appointment right away.
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Herniated Disc Treatment
Although a herniated disc can be a very serious injury, not all cases will require treatment. Conservative therapies, such as pain medication and physical therapy, can often provide significant improvement, but in severe cases, more advanced treatment may be needed. We encourage you to set up an appointment as soon as possible to visit with one of our seasoned healthcare professionals. During your initial visit, we will conduct a thorough health assessment, which may include x-rays to evaluate your condition. From there, we can discuss all of your treatment options, if deemed necessary. Our overall goal is to alleviate your pain so you can experience optimal spine function and mobility.
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Herniated Disc FAQ
How serious is a herniated disc?
Besides constant pain, if left untreated, a herniated disc can result in permanent nerve damage. In some cases, this can be severe, cutting off nerve impulses to the lower back and legs, and may even affect bowel or bladder control.
How can you tell if you have a herniated disc?
Often, the signs of a herniated disc include lower back pain that may shoot into the buttocks or legs, numbness, or tingling – especially when lifting, bending, or turning. Your doctor can schedule a CT scan to more accurately determine whether or not your pain is caused by a herniated disc.
How do you fix a herniated disc?
Depending on the severity of your herniated disc, physical therapy, stretching, and light exercise can help alleviate pressure on the spine and nerve root. In addition, pain medication, ice/heat therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as naproxen, ibuprofen, and others, can help.
What activities should I avoid with a herniated disc?
Any movement that causes pain should be avoided, including heavy lifting, twisting, bending, etc. You should rest the back and if up to it, engage in easy stretching exercises. A good stretch for back pain is to lay on your side with your knees pulled into your chest and use your arms to hug your legs, pulling them into your body until you feel a slight stretch in your lower back.